Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Campbell has encouraged men over 50 to make sure they get checked for prostate cancer.
He was making his comments after new research has shown that the number of men dying from prostate cancer has overtaken the number of women dying from breast cancer.
It is now the third most common form of cancer.
Councillor Kevin Campbell said
“Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men but still some men are reluctant to seek treatment if they are concerned.
“Men over 50 years old are most at risk from prostate cancer and it is this group who should make sure they speak to their doctor and get checked.
“In the North more than one thousand men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year.
“Sadly more than 250 men a year die in the north each year from prostate cancer. However it can be treated successfully if diagnosed early so it is vitally important to talk to your doctor if you have any concerns.
I would encourage men to talk about prostate cancer and raise awareness of it.”