Tommy Bowe Says ‘Get a Grip’ as Action Man Campaign Kicks Off

06 June 2016

Leading local cancer charity Action Cancer has kicked off its annual men’s health campaign with the support of Rugby Professional Tommy Bowe and other local sporting stars.

Tommy, alongside Tyrone Gaelic Star Sean Cavanagh and Crusaders Midfielder Matthew Snoddy are the faces of this year’s Action Man campaign. The players are encouraging men aged 16+ to ‘Get a Grip’ of their health and avail of a free health check with Action Cancer during the month of June.

Every year in Northern Ireland there are approximately 4,426 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 a 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.

The health check incorporates 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, prostate, lung and bowel cancers. The checks do not diagnose cancer but aim to increase awareness of current health and the importance of early detection.

Rugby Star Tommy Bowe said, “I’m proud to be supporting Action Cancer’s men’s health campaign. We’re asking guys to take just 20 minutes out of their busy lives to take stock of their health. Going for a free health check could be one of the most important things you do this year. If not for yourself, then do it for your family. So come on guys, ‘Get A Grip’ and book an appointment today!”

The charity will be running clinics at Action Cancer House in South Belfast on Mondays and Fridays throughout the month of June. Appointments are also available on board Action Cancer’s Big Bus supported by SuperValu and its independent retailers which travels throughout Northern Ireland. Men can book an appointment online at or call 028 9080 3344. Action Cancer will also be delivering health checks at various community locations throughout Northern Ireland during the campaign; for more information on this email Malachy Nixon, Health Promotion Officer at [email protected]