Symptoms awareness highlighted in International Men’s Health Week

This week (June 11-17 ) marks International Men's Health Week 2012 and The Men's Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI ) is encouraging men to actively seek help, advice, support, and to act quickly in times of difficulty, crisis or ill health rather than ignoring symptoms, turning to alcohol, ‘soldiering on’ or taking their own life.

According to MHFI: “Men, on the island of Ireland, experience a disproportionate burden of ill-health and die too young. This high level of premature mortality amongst men has far-reaching repercussions. It affects not only industry and commerce, but also impacts upon the social and financial positions of families - through the loss of what is still, in many households, the primary income earner. However, this is not a ‘lost cause’ - research shows that preventable risk factors account for a high proportion of male illnesses.”

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