Mens Health

Men in Ireland die, on average, almost four and a half years younger than women do.  Males have higher death rates than women for all of the leading causes of death and at all ages. Poor lifestyles are responsible for a high proportion of chronic diseases and late presentation to health services leads to a large number of problems becoming untreatable.

Taking up this challenge in the North West is Men’s Health West, an alliance of bodies, whose aim is to promote, support, facilitate and sustain a network of organisations and individuals who have an interest in raising awareness of the health and well-being issues affecting males within the Western Trust catchment area. Sandra Semple from The Health Improvement Department, is a member of this group and helps to plan and coordinate events targeted at men.

One such event took place in June 2014  in The Guildhall’s Main Hall, Londonderry, as part of Men’s Health Week. Approximately 150 men attended this free event and were able to avail of health checks such as; blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and BMI.  Alternative therapists offered all types of treatments and there was a free hair cutting service. A doctor was available for one to one consultations. There was also a variety of information stands, skin scanning for sun damage, face painting for the children and cooking demonstrations.

Cancer Prevention

The Health Improvement Department provide cancer prevention information sessions for men of all ages in workplaces and communities throughout the Western Trust.  The aim is to provide men with knowledge of the signs and symptoms of the main cancers that affect men such as; testicular, prostate, bowel and skin.  Information on how to lead a healthier lifestyle is also included. The sessions usually last approximately one hour.

 

 

For further information contact:

Sandra Semple
Cancer Prevention and Accident Prevention Coordinator
Health Improvement Department
Western Health and Social Care Trust
Maple Villa
Gransha Park
Londonderry
Tel: 02871865127