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Ulster Rugby star Paddy Jackson tells men to 'Get a Grip' as Action Man campaign kicks off

By Jenny Kirkham

Published 01/06/2015

Cliftonville Striker Joe Gormley, Tyrone Gaelic Star Sean Cavanagh and Rugby Professional Paddy Jackson urge men to Get a Grip of their health.
Cliftonville Striker Joe Gormley, Tyrone Gaelic Star Sean Cavanagh and Rugby Professional Paddy Jackson urge men to Get a Grip of their health.

Ulster Rugby star Paddy Jackson, Tyrone Gaelic player Sean Cavanagh and Cliftonville striker Joe Gormley are encouraging men to ‘Get a Grip’ of their health during the month of June.

Action Cancer's Men's Health month runs throughout June and encourages men to take action in regards to their general health and male specific cancers.

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.”

Local sporting stars are keen every year to get involved with the campaign to raise awareness for men's health. Champion boxer Carl Frampton, who fronted the 2014 campaign said: "I am proud to be the face of Action Cancer's men's health campaign. Book a health check."                

Last year's campaign encouraged Northern Irish men to 'Beat the Odds' against cancer.

Clinics are running free health checks for men all over the country and the local sportsmen agree that its essential to get checked out.

The health checks incorporate a number of tests including blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as information on testicular and prostate cancers.

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 www.actioncancer.org or call 028 9080 3344.

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