GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Men are often less likely to visit a doctor or to take their healthcare seriously. The week before father's day is known as Men's Health Week and aims to raise awareness on the issue.
Men's Health Week encourages men to visit doctors and take their health more seriously. (Credit: Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)
Studies show men are 30% less likely to take their physical health seriously and often go multiple years between doctor visits.
"Often times you don't see a man for many years," Heartland Health Center's Dr. Brandon Jahnke told Local4 News. "He comes in sometimes for the first visit 40, 50, even 60 hasn't been seen for several years. Then there's some specific health concern now that's pretty more dramatic than it would've been even a couple of years ago."
Doctors say this is not good because if it's something serious it can be too late to help. Early detection is always best when it comes to things like cancer and heart disease.
"It's a little bit like taking care of your vehicles. You're going to want to do your preventative maintenance, get your oil changed and make sure the tire pressure is correct - those types of things," Nurse Practitioner Monica Schmucker said. "I think we all understand that's so we're going to make sure to keep our vehicle working properly and prevent much more expensive problems down the road. It's kind of the same thing."
On average men live five years shorter than women. The doctors say that could be different if they were checked regularly. Men are also less likely to take their mental health seriously and are at a higher risk of suicide because of it.
Doctors say women encouraging men to get help can even save their lives.