Did You Know?
- Research shows men are 80% less likely to visit the doctor than women.
- On average, men die 5 years earlier than women.
Some researchers believe these facts are related. Men tend to think they are fine and don't need a doctor's help unless they have something life-threatening. Even when men visit a doctor, they are less likely to ask questions or discuss symptoms.
To help bring awareness to this important societal issue we asked a few of our male doctors to share their thoughts from both a doctor's and a male's perspective.
"The risk of colon cancer is 1 in 20, and the risk of a complication from a colonoscopy is only 1 in 1,000-1,400. I wish more men were aware of this because they might be more willing to go through the discomfort of the prep."
Allan Hardy, MD – Gastroenterology
"A man's identity and sense of self-worth are intimately tied into his body. Working out and pursuing health and fitness not only benefits his body, it can profoundly improve his outlook and qualities as a man."
Michael Brookings, MD – Urgent Care
"The traditional role of the man in a family has been one of the "breadwinner." Though I understand this demographic may be changing, and also that it is far from being universal, it is still a significant component in our society. That being the case, I have often noted that this perceived responsibility causes the man to direct his energies toward providing for his family and not toward his own health care. This reflects the very real dilemma of where to allocate the limited resources of time, physical and emotional energy, and finances."
Michael Barrett, MD – Hospitalist