Male pride a hindrance in the Hunter

DOCTOR JOHN TOUSSAINT

DOCTOR JOHN TOUSSAINT

A MAN'S health and well-being can be neglected due to pride.

Hunter Prostate Cancer Alliance chief executive John Toussaint meets men of all ages who struggle to address their health issues.

Dr Toussaint believes pride is often the biggest barrier.

"Men are not as forthcoming [as women], but they need to know that information is available and there is no stigma in getting help," he said.

Today the alliance is attempting to break down the barriers.

It will host a men's health expo at Wests Leagues Club, New Lambton.

The expo is part of wider celebrations for International Men's Health Week, from June 9 to 15.

The week aims to recognise and celebrate men while raising awareness of the health risks they face.

Dr Toussaint said the expo would be a great informal way to educate men on health and well-being.

In NSW, Hunter men are at the greatest risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer, which affects one in eight men. They are also 28 per cent more likely than women to take their lives.

The expo will cover everything from relationships to nutrition to mental health.

A lunch voucher will be available for the first 300 men who complete the expo's health passport.

Entry is free.

■ Men's Health Expo, June 11, Wests New Lambton Starlight Room, 10am to 2pm, phone 4968 9455.

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