Sunday, April 3, 2011

Men avoid the doctor, survey finds - Chicago Sun-Times

Almost half of men 18 to 50 don’t have a primary-care physician, and a third haven’t had a checkup in more than a year, a new survey shows.

About 40 percent of men in their 40s have never had their cholesterol tested, and 70 percent have never had a prostate exam, according to the national survey of 519 men commissioned by Esquire magazine.

“It’s a stereotype about men that they don’t like to go to the doctor, that they’d rather just go when there’s a problem,” says Esquire’s Ryan D’Agostino.

The survey found that 45 percent of the men surveyed didn’t have a primary-care doctor. Among other findings:

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