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Men’s Health Awareness Week 2022

15th Jun 2022

Blackrock Clinic supports Men’s Health Awareness Week 2022, an important initiative which aims to heighten awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages, support men and boys to engage in healthier lifestyle choices, and encourage the early detection and treatment of health difficulties in males.

The theme for Men’s Health Awareness Week 2022 is ‘MISSION: isPOSSIBLE’ and the call to men is: ‘The Action Starts with You.’ All too often we set ourselves unrealistic or impractical targets.  During Men’s Health Awareness Week, everyone is asked to make new choices and to realise that where there’s a will, there’s a way. 

At Blackrock Clinic, men’s health is specifically catered to in many areas within our modern hospital setting. For example, our Urology and Andrology services have become increasingly holistic in their approach to treatment in recent years, addressing men’s lifestyle and personal health requirements alongside their clinical needs.

Similarly, gender-specific preventive approaches are employed by our specialists in areas such as Cardiology, while tailored men’s health screening options are available within our self-referral ‘Health Check’ screening programme.

These holistic efforts to manage male patient health can pay significant dividends down the line.

As Blackrock Clinic cardiologist Dr Paddy Barrett maintains, there are three main things that men need to mitigate their propensity towards if they want to significantly increase their likelihood of living a long and healthy life; heart disease, cancer and dementia. The main risk factors for these conditions are high blood pressure, smoking, high blood sugars, high cholesterol and obesity.

Those who live to be happy, healthy 100-year-olds do not get there through blind luck, but through making lifestyle choices which avoid the onset of these three conditions. As Dr Barrett put it: “Living longer then becomes more about avoiding and managing risk factors, as opposed to treating the chronic medical conditions of heart disease, cancer or dementia.”

Proactivity in health is therefore of the utmost importance, and the time to start is now. Men’s Health Awareness Week offers us a chance to recognise this.