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Evidence of need

In 2007 Cancer Focus NI in partnership with the University of Ulster undertook a survey of over 2000 people across Northern Ireland to assess the opinions of middle aged people to cancer and cancer prevention. Two groups were identified has high risk and requiring focused action: ‘men’ and ‘low socio-economic status. Key findings from the research showed that men wanted ‘bite sized information’ and information provided in convenient, local venues. 

Data form the NI Cancer Registry points to the incidence of cancer increasing and that early detection increases survival. However men are presenting late for treatment with more advanced disease, this is resulting in poor outcomes and increased mortality.

Research from the Southern Area Men’s Health Survey - ‘It’s a man’s world – or is it?’ shows significant inequalities between male and female life expectancy. NI Cancer Registry data shows Newry and Mourne area cancer incidence 6% higher and death rate 8% higher that the NI average.