Men's Health Week - Smoking & Lung Cancer
This week marks Men’s Health Week and always begins on the Monday before Father’s Day. This year, they’re asking everyone to Make the Time. Take the Time.
This year, the main aims of Men’s Health Week are:
- To heighten awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages.
- To support men and boys to engage in healthier lifestyle choices / activities.
- To encourage the early detection and treatment of health difficulties in males.
One main trend that has been changing in recent years with men and their health is the sense of indifference men have about health problems and seeing a health professional.
Seeing doctors early when you notice a problem can reduce your risk of further illnesses and could significantly help with treatment. This is especially the case with cancer in males, with many avoiding signs and symptoms until it’s too late.
Having regular GP check-ups and being wary of the early signs of cancer can significantly reduce men’s risk of problems developing. As well as that, to reduce your risk of cancer it is important to take note of ‘The Big 5’:
- Don’t Smoke
In Ireland, 30% of all cancers ae causing by smoking. Not only does smoking yourself cause problems but breathing in second-hand smoke can play a major role in your health.
Throughout the world, 6 million people die every year due to smoking. Be it cancer, heart disease or a whole host of other maladies, smoking can cause many illnesses and affect every part of your body negatively.
Unbeknownst to most people, smoking is also a big factor in the causes of erectile dysfunctions and quitting smoking is the most important step to reducing your risk of cancer. But you’re not alone. Quitting can be very challenging, but services are available to quitters such as the National Smoker’s Quitline 1850 201 203. They can send you out a copy of the Quitting Booklet and how best to quit. Nicotine Replacement Therapy is another possibility and is available through pharmacies and your GP. See our Smoking Cessation section here or give us a call on recommendations and advice on how best to quit.
In Ireland, 1,800 new cases of lung cancer are detected each year and 95% of those cases are caused by smoking. It is imperative to know of the symptoms of lung cancer and what to watch out for. Symptoms include:
- A persistent cough
- Changes in long-term coughs
- Shortness of breath or wheezing
- Chest infections that won’t go away, even after antibiotics
- Coughing up blood
- Pain in the chest, especially when breathing deeply.
- Feeling more tired than usual
- Unexplained weight loss