Buck the neg­li­gence trend

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU WENT FOR A MED­I­CAL CHECK-UP? IF YOU’RE ANY­THING LIKE THE 1 000 MALES IN­TER­VIEWED IN A RE­CENT STUDY, YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE IN­SIDE OF A DOC­TOR’S OF­FICE IN AGES

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Two-fifths of the men sur­veyed don’t think it’s im­por­tant to get a check-up and nearly one in five be­lieve they don’t have to worry be­cause they “know” they’re healthy. Three-quar­ters put off go­ing to the doc­tor when they sus­pect they’re ill, with one-quar­ter say­ing it’s be­cause they don’t have the time and one in 10 for­get­ting to book ap­point­ments.

The re­search was com­mis­sioned by Gil­lette, in part­ner­ship with the Movem­ber Foun­da­tion.

“The sta­tis­tics show that the ma­jor­ity of guys take a lax ap­proach to their own health. We’re here to en­cour­age them to change their habits and take their health more se­ri­ously,” says Gil­lette Brand Man­ager Matthew Thomas.

The re­search also found that it’s not just gen­eral health men are ig­nor­ing. Mil­lions aren’t mon­i­tor­ing them­selves for signs of com­mon can­cers in men. One-fifth don’t know what to look for when check­ing them­selves for tes­tic­u­lar can­cer, while nearly half don’t know what symp­toms to look for (and 19% couldn’t iden­tify a sin­gle warn­ing sign) when it comes to prostate can­cer – one of the lead­ing can­cers in men.

Buck the neg­li­gence trend and sched­ule a reg­u­lar check-up be­fore you’re di­ag­nosed with some­thing that could have been treated a lot ear­lier – or pre­vented al­to­gether.

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