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lady-lexis
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Men are notoriously bad at going to the doctor; they tend to avoid checkups and ignore symptoms of potential illness a lot more than women. This is fairly well established. Their cancer survival rates are lower in part because of this. Is this society’s fault? Perhaps.

I have met very few men who can talk seriously and openly about their health, especially when it comes to their bollocks, prostate or mental health and even fewer who can talk to other men about it without it becoming a joke. It’s definitely more socially acceptable for women to discuss their health, hence the numerous female cancer charities and imbalance in gender specific cancer spending. We need more initiatives like the Movember Foundation.

“70% of men say their friends can rely on them for support, but only 48% say that they rely on their friends. In other words: we’re here for our mates, but worried about asking for help for ourselves. Reaching out is crucial.” – taken from the Movember website.

This attitude among men needs to change so that they can approach these inequities head-on.