Alarming number of men are skipping critical annual health checks, survey finds

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A third of men believe they don’t need annual checkups with their doctor and nearly two-thirds believe they are naturally healthier than other men, according to a new survey from Orlando Health.

A third of men believe they don’t need annual check-ups with their doctor and almost two-thirds believe they are naturally healthier than other men, according to a new survey.

The national survey conducted by Orlando Health, a healthcare organization based in the southeastern United States, also found that nearly two in five men focus more on their pet’s health than their own.

“Men tend to put their health after their family, and apparently even after their dog or cat,” said Dr. Thomas Kelley, family medicine specialist at Orlando Health Physician Associates. “But to take care of others in your life, you have to take care of yourself first, and that includes making that annual appointment with your primary care physician.”



Dr. Kelley pointed out that even if a man feels healthy and has no symptoms, existing health issues can go unnoticed.

“Some of them include increased blood pressure which can be a ticking time bomb for a heart attack or stroke, as well as colon cancer which is one of the most deadly yet preventable cancers. that exist,” Kelley said.

Thomas Kelley, MD, examines a patient at Orlando Health.

The survey also found that instead of talking to their doctor, 38% of men often use social media for medical advice, which can be misleading and unreliable.

One of the biggest reasons men avoid the doctor, Kelley said, is fear.

“If you’re a man and haven’t been to the doctor in a while, you don’t really know what to expect.” he said.

He recommends building a relationship with your doctor to make the whole process more comfortable.

The survey was conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of Orlando Health from May 9 to May 11, 2022, among 893 American adult men.

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