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Irish Men treating cars better than their bodies
Irish men are dying because they treat their cars better than their bodies, according to one of the world's foremost experts on prostate cancer.Professor Roger Kirby, a prostate surgeon in the UK, and Professor of Urology in the University of London says men's health is more than just "beer guts and baldness".
He told an audience of more than 200 surgeons at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) annual surgical conference that most men tend to look after their cars better than their own health and live by the old adage 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'.
In an interview with the Sunday Independent he said that in the years he has travelled to Ireland he has seen a dramatic change in the shape of Irish men."To put it bluntly, they have got a lot fatter. I am surprised that so many are carrying so much weight around the middle," he said.
"Men's health is more than just beer guts and baldness, but it is often ignored. This is causing men to die, on average, five years younger than women. Men have a higher rate of mortality from cancer than women; they tend to drink and smoke longer and should they try to commit suicide, they are more likely to succeed than women," he said "Men are more susceptible to cardiovascular disease, but hardly ever get screened for it, they get more sexually transmitted infections than women and they are more affected by stress. These facts show that being a man is a significant health risk. It is time to close the gender gap," he declared.
He believes one of the key problems is the male hormone testosterone. "The trouble with men is probably linked to testosterone, which causes men to be aggressive, competitive, risk-takers, over-indulgent and afraid to show weakness."
He advocates a new lifestyle for Irish men based around the acronym 'PLACE'. "Men need to follow five rules: portion control, lose the booze, axe the snacks, cut the carbs and exercise daily to increase their quality of life and life expectancy", Prof Kirby said.
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men in Ireland, with more than 2800 cases diagnosed per year. This is higher than the rate of breast cancer.
Irish Independent, 10 February 2013