We know that men in Ireland die 4 and half years younger than their female counterparts, and particularly have worse statistics in relation to suicide, accidental death and cancer (1). Men also die earlier from diseases of the circulation (e.g. cardiac events and strokes). This gap difference has narrowed and overall life expectancy continues to rise for both sexes but opportunities for men to improve their health still exist! So, talk to your Doctor Men!

  • Men’s Lifestyles are known to be worse than women in terms of smoking (24% population), alcohol intake and diet. The Men and Cancer Report attributed poor lifestyle behaviours as the principal cause of why men are at greater risk of getting cancer, dying from cancer, and having significantly lower survival rates than women. (2)
  • Men also present less frequently for checkups and less likely to see their GP than women (3)
  • Finally, men engage in more risk-taking behaviours and have more potentially health-damaging behaviours than women

Appropriate screening health check-ups for men depend on a number of factors:

1 Age….…2 Family History…….3 Your Lifestyle and behaviour risk factors…….4 What we can test for.

At any age:
Standard blood tests can be done for iron levels, to test your basic body biochemistry, screen for diabetes, cholesterol and thyroid function.

Health History and Examination of Blood pressure and pulse, heart and lungs, height and weight are basic indicators of cardiovascular health

Mental Health and sexual health screening may be an important part of your health check at any age, please not that these areas can require significant separate appointments to deal with problems in these areas.

Over the age of 45 – Diseases of the heart and circulation and cancers are the biggest causes of death and predominate. Cholesterol profile diabetes screening, cardiovascular examination (heart lungs and blood pressure) as well as other screening bloods are performed. Prostate cancer is a cancer we can screen for by a blood test and usually (but not always necessary), a prostate examination which can be easily done. We recommend screening from the age of 45 and generally every 2 years after that. Screening is not perfect and can miss some cancer and it is important you understand the value and limits of screening for any disease especially prostate so this should be discussed before testing. Erectile dysfunction becomes more frequent as we get older and is related to hardening of the arteries and can be the first signs of circulatory problems

Under the age of 45 – Your health check should concentrate on lifestyle and behaviour risk factors and any unusual family history of early illness ( 1st degree relatives especially) that might have a family link. All men especially under 40 should regularly self-examine their testicles as testicular cancer (although still rare) does occur under 40 more commonly. If you want a health screening check up please note this requires seeing a doctor for a double appointment initially and fasting bloods tests which can be made on the same day after the Doctors appointment or on a separate day and based on the assessment by your doctor on the day and/or the results of your tests may or may not require further assessment/ tests where appropriate and advice.

Health screening is an ongoing process between you and your doctor and is a good life habit for all of us.

(1) National Men’s Health Action Plan Healthy Ireland – Men HI-M 2017-2021 Working with men in Ireland to achieve optimum health and wellbeing. Department of Health, HSE, Health Inequality Ireland

(2) The Men and Cancer Report Clarke N., Sharp L., O’Leary E. & Richardson N. (2013). An examination of the excess burden of cancer in men. Institute of Technology Carlow

(3) Central Statistics Office (2011). Quarterly National Household Survey. Quarter 3, 2010. Health Status and Health Service Utilisation. Cork: Central Statistics Office

Dr. Iain Morrison

Dr. Iain Morrison is a native of Dublin, qualified from Trinity College in 1998 where he always wanted to follow a career in General practice. He qualified as a G.P. with the Eastern Regional Vocational Training Scheme in 2002. He has several passions in his life, principally athletics which he developed in college and has now returned as a coach to the Trinity College middle and long distance team. Iain worked short term in a number of East Coast based practices and then spent a year working as a G.P. in New Zealand in a large Group Practice. This was a formative year and an invaluable professionally broadening experience. He was delighted to join The Cremore Clinic in 2004.

Dr. Sarah Lawler

Dr Sarah Lawler has been working in The Cremore Clinic since she completed GP training with the UCD mid Leinster training scheme in 2013 gaining an MICGP qualification. Sarah has a particular interest in women’s health In particular fertility/ infertility assessments and is pursuing further training in this area in conjunction with SIMS fertility clinic and the university of Bournemouth. Her other interests are in contraception and insertion of long acting contraceptive devices such as Mirenas, implanon and Copper coils and treatment of STIs.

Dr. Caroline Duggan

Dr Caroline Duggan qualified from the UCD School of Medicine in 2005. Following completion of her internship in the Mater Hospital and Limerick she spent some time as a resident in the Royal Perth Hospital, Australia prior to returning to the Mater Hospital in Dublin to commence her Post Graduate training in Medicine where she received her MRCPI (Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland). She has been with us in the Cremore Clinic since July 2013.


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