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A fifth of British men are less likely to visit their gp than women

30 November 2015

Men are often the weaker sex when it comes to looking after their own health. Recent research tell us that British men are more likely to be reluctant to access healthcare professionals until they have poor health, by which time their condition may have deteriorated unnecessarily. In the UK it is estimated that males visit their GP 20% less frequently than women.*

Apart from being more likely to suffer in silence, males are also more likely than women to both develop and die from cancer. The reasons for the increased risk in men compared to women are unknown, however, biological differences between men and women may be part of the explanation, as could differences in social factors that determine the risk of developing cancer, such as smoking, and the fact that men are less likely to seek diagnosis for the early signs of the disease than women.

Prostate cancer is currently the most common cancer in men in the UK with one man every hour dying from the disease in England.** Despite the frequency of the cancer, worryingly more than half of adults (54%) in the UK don’t know where the prostate is, and almost 9 out of 10 adults (88%) in Britain don’t know what the prostate gland does.***

For more information or to book a Non Invasive Prostate Examination at HCA The Wilmslow Hospital, 52 Alderley Road, please call 01625 545 036.

References
*http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmpublic/health/memo/m83.htm
**http://prostatecanceruk.org/about-us/media-centre/about-prostate-cancer
***http://www.nhs.uk/news/2013/01January/Pages/Cancer-death-rates-are-a-third-higher-in-men.aspx

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