The month of Blue September

During the month of September, the Blue September team embarked on their annual campaign to create awareness about men’s cancer.

To kick things off Blue September sponsored by Vhi Healthcare hosted a breakfast event in Residence Members Club to reveal the results of their survey on Irish Men’s Attitudes to their Health and Cancer. 

Hosted by The Irish Times’ Conor Pope, the discussion panel included Consultant Urologist Mr Stephen Connolly, Dr Bernadette Carr, Vhi Healthcare Medical Director and rugby legend, Tony Ward, himself a cancer survivor who together discussed the why and the how behind Irish men’s attitudes to their health – as Tony Ward so brilliantly put it, they “all look after their cars, but not themselves!” 

The findings highlight just how little Irish men know about male specific cancers and the symptoms they should watch out for. It is acknowledged that women are more open to monitoring and discussing their health and years of successful high profile female cancer awareness campaigns has resulted in higher cancer survival rates for women.

·         24% of men researched felt that the reluctance to going to the doctor is down to them being embarrassed this peaks at 35% amongst 16-25 year olds

·         81% of men 16 and over in Ireland have not checked themselves or been checked by a doctor for a prostate or testes related problems

·         Almost half of men researched in the risk-age category would not be confident in recognising symptoms of testicular cancer

Tony Ward spoke to Pat Kenny on Newstalk and the team at TV3 Ireland AM about his survival story.

Now in its final week of the campaign, Blue September have brought to the surface the importance of men’s health and ensuring men across the nation are informed and aware. Why not join in the fight against men’s cancer and show your support for this year’s Blue September sponsored by Vhi Healthcare campaign – log on to and get involved!