Sports Stars ‘Get a Grip’ as Action Man Campaign Kicks Off

01 June 2015

Action Cancer has kicked off its annual men’s health campaign with the support of local sporting stars.

Rugby Professional Paddy Jackson, Tyrone Gaelic Star Sean Cavanagh and Cliftonville Striker Joe Gormley are encouraging men to ‘Get a Grip’ of their health and avail of a free Action Cancer health check during the month of June.

Every year in Northern Ireland there are approximately 4,425 men diagnosed with cancer- that’s 12 men every day. Although men are 14% more likely to develop cancer than women, they are 37% more likely to die from the disease. This has been attributed to poor lifestyle choices, such as eating an unhealthy diet and taking less exercise, and reluctance to discuss personal health matters. By not monitoring their health men are at higher chance of not detecting cancer or other serious conditions at an early and, hopefully, more treatable stage.

Rugby star Paddy Jackson said, “We are encouraging men to get a snap shot of their health this June with help from Action Cancer. It’s important that guys are aware of what to look out for and how to reduce their chances of getting cancer. Any male aged 16 plus can book a free appointment so come on guys Get a Grip and book yourself in for a health check!”

The health checks incorporate a number of assessments including blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, facial skin analysis, peak flow measurements and body composition analysis, as well as lifestyle advice and information on testicular and prostate cancers. The checks do not diagnose cancer but aim to increase awareness of current health and the importance of early detection.

The charity will be running clinics at Action Cancer House in South Belfast on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the month of June. Book an appointment online at or call 028 9080 3344. Action Cancer will also be delivering health checks at various locations throughout Northern Ireland during the campaign; for more information on this email Malachy Nixon, Health Promotion Officer at [email protected]