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The Pfizer Health Index is an annual report into the perceptions and attitudes of the Irish population towards their health and wellbeing, which this year also took a closer look at men's health.
Contepomi commented: "As a doctor and a rugby player I am keen to encourage men to be healthy and take regular exercise. Masculinity should not rule a man's decision or behaviour regarding their health or wellbeing.
"They should not be afraid to admit they are unwell and seek medical health. Men should also be encouraged to go for health screening procedures as they are vitally important in preventing disease, such as heart disease and cancer."