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Men are statistically less likely to see a doctor than women. Men's Health Forum found that British men visit the doctor 20% less than women do. Movember is trying to address this gender gap, but why does it exist? And short of shouting 'Men! Boobs over here!' How can they be convinced to go?
Not an actual illness, but perhaps it should be. From birth, men are told 'don't cry you total girl' or 'man-up and stop moaning.' This is a problem because it gives the impression that showing pain or being ill is weak. Boys carry this assumption into adulthood and don't get the medical treatment they need.
On the flip side we have the guy that's too scared or embarrassed to go for a prostate check-up, or to get his balls out so the doctor can look at a steadily growing lump. Why on earth are men more scared of showing their balls to a GP that they are of dying from cancer?
The Everyman Male Cancer Campaign believes men are more likely to be admitted to hospital because they've delayed so long, but's no lie that fitting a doctor's appointment into a busy schedule is difficult. Surgeries don't care how busy you are and it's almost impossible to get a convenient date.
More women get skin cancer but more men die from it, which just shows how bad men are at visiting the doctor.
It's tempting to accept illness as part of aging. Coughs that won't shift, blood in poo, or constant ulcers on your gums are little symptoms, but they are signs of lung cancer, bowel cancer and mouth cancer.
It's a generalisation to say that men wait for their wife or mum to sort out a doctor or dentist appointment, and sorry if you are offended, but it's probably true.
The health service needs to get more creative in attracting men, and men need to get more open about their health.
If you're a bloke reading this and you have symptoms then please see your doctor because leaving it may result in an early death. You're more prone to certain cancers and probably take more risks with your health than women, so it's high time you had a check up.