Men -- why don't you go to the doctor?
Don’t wait: Men often put off doctor visit ’til too late
By Judy Harvey
For Sun-Times Media
July 14 2:20 p.m.
Heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, diabetes and cancer are consistently cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the leading causes of death for men.
However, the biggest health threat to men just might be a deep reluctance to go to the doctor.
The Mayo Clinic advises men to not wait to “visit the doctor until something is seriously wrong. Your doctor can be your best ally for preventing health problems.”
Statistically, women are better at getting in for regular check ups and monitoring symptoms early. Why is it a struggle to get men to think in these terms?
“In general, I think some men have the belief that a person does not need to go to the doctor unless they are ‘sick,’” said Dr. Anne Schneider, of Edward Medical Group. “We all lead busy lives, and many men put their own health low on the priority list, especially if they don’t feel sick.” Naperville, Illinois (IL) - Edward Hospital and Health Services