Press Release

Minister Callely launches the report on men´s health in Ireland

Mr Ivor Callely, T.D. Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children today (15 January 2004) launched “Men´s Health in Ireland” a report by the Men´s Health Forum in Ireland in Buswells Hotel, Molesworth Street, Dublin.

The report, prepared by the Men´s Health Forum in Ireland highlights some key statistics relating to male life expectancy, mortality and morbidity on the island of Ireland, and the impact of these issues on the quality of men´s lives.

Men´s Health Forum in Ireland is an advocacy group for men´s health and operates on an all-Ireland basis. Its principal objectives are the advancement of the education of the general public in all matters relating to men´s health and in particular, but not exclusively, by providing information, commissioning and disseminating research and providing education on men’s health and associated issues to health professionals and the general public and also the preservation and protection of men´s health .

“Statistics confirm that in spite of increased male life expectancy, men on the island of Ireland continue to die, on average, six years younger than women do and have higher death rates at all ages, and for all leading causes of death. While cancer can affect all ages, it is most prevalent in the over-65s. The significance of this is heightened by the fact that ours is an ageing population” stated the Minister.

There has been considerable progress in the fight against cancer nationally. Since 1997, there has been a cumulative investment of approximately €550 million in the development of cancer services.

The Minister also stated that the National Health Strategy calls for a policy on men´s health and health promotion to be developed. The National Health Promotion Strategy 2000-2005 also identified the development of a national plan for men´s health as an important initiative. The Minister was pleased to say that work has commenced on the development of this policy in association with the relevant stakeholders.

The Minister concluded by stating “that he would like to compliment the Forum on the calibre of this report, which for the first time provides us with a comprehensive overview of statistics on men´s health on the island of Ireland.”