To mark Men's Health Week (14th-20th June), LloydsPharmacy and PJ Gallagher are calling on men around Ireland to make their health a priority and visit a health professional as soon as they have a concern.

Research conducted by iReach on behalf of the pharmacy shows that 42% of men surveyed have put off seeking advice on health concerns and 41% of those men have done so out of fear of finding out what's wrong, compared to just 27% of women.

As early intervention is crucial with health concerns, they want to encourage men to prioritise visiting their local pharmacist or GP when health concerns arise.

Denis O'Driscoll, Superintendent Pharmacist at LloydsPharmacy, said: "When it comes to healthcare, seeking advice from a health professional early on is crucial and for some health issues delaying engaging with health services can leave them untreatable."

Despite listing weight, stress, blood pressure and depression as key health issues, almost half of men surveyed say they are not likely to reach out to their GP or health professional if they have a health concern.

Research by Men's Health Forum Ireland shows men die, on average, up to four years younger than women, and have higher death rates than women for most of the leading causes of death.

The main causes of death for men in Ireland are cardiovascular diseases, cancers, and respiratory illnesses however up to 80% of all heart disease is preventable through lifestyle changes and adjusting the risk factors associated with heart disease.

Comedian and campaign ambassador PJ Gallagher said: "We all know how important our health is, especially given the last year, but many men are still struggling to open up about their health. I know what it's like to open-up about your health and ask for help. It can be hard, but the benefits far outweigh any of the embarrassment or fear that might be causing men to delay seeking help."

According to the research, 45% of men who have put off seeking advice on health concerns have done so because of cost so it's handy to know that the LloydsPharmacy Men’s Health Check Service is a free service available in all 90 pharmacies nationwide.

The service is available for those with concerns in heart disease, erectile dysfunction (ED), diabetes, asthma, smoking cessation, sexual health, hair loss and skin conditions. All 89 pharmacies have a private care room where patients can have a one to one consultation with the Pharmacist about any of these issues or get a free blood pressure or BMI check.