Ok Fella’s let’s see a show of hands Put em up, Come on Hold em up, we’ve all been there.  We will do whatever it takes to avoid seeing the Doc and  A new national survey by Cleveland Clinic reveals why a lot of men avoid going to the doctor and why some men hold back on certain issues once they’re at the doctor’s office.

In an online survey among approximately 1,174 U.S. males 18 years or older, Cleveland Clinic found that 72 percent of men would rather do household chores, like cleaning the bathroom or mowing the lawn, than go to the doctor.  Even for the men who take their health more seriously, some are holding back: 20 percent of men admit they have not been completely honest with their doctor before.

The survey was issued as part of Cleveland Clinic’s fourth annual educational campaign, “MENtion It®,” which aims to address the fact that men often do not “MENtion” health issues or take steps to prevent them. This year, Cleveland Clinic set out to gauge where taking care of their health fell as a priority for men. Only half (50 percent) of men surveyed said that they consider getting their annual check-up a regular part of taking care of themselves.

Key survey findings:

  • 77 percent of men who are married or in a domestic partnership would rather go shopping with their wife or significant other than go to the doctor.
  • 20 percent of men have not been completely honest with their doctor in the past, the top reasons why include:
    • they were embarrassed (46 percent)
    • they didn’t want to hear that they needed to change their diet/lifestyle (36 percent)
    • they knew something was wrong but weren’t ready to face the diagnosis and/or would rather not know if they have any health issues (37 percent)
  • 41 percent of men were told as children that men don’t complain about health issues
  • 82 percent of men try to stay healthy to live longer for friends and family who rely on them, yet only 50 percent engage in preventative care

This year I was diagnosed with Basil Cell Carcinoma, so now I don’t play around and try to act all tough, life is too valuable to me and my family. So fella’s It’s time to get rid of the stigma that a man isn’t allowed to show weakness by admitting something might be wrong, go see the doc if you’re not feeling well, it could save your life.

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