5 Frightening Men's Health Statistics


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Infrequent Doctor Visits

Men between the ages of 18 and 44 are less likely to go to the doctor than women [source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services]. Specifically, men are 70 percent less likely to seek treatment when compared to their female counterparts.

This trend is especially evident in men who do not have easy access to adequate healthcare.

A few factors may contribute to this statistic. For one, men are less likely to have health insurance than women, which may cause them to avoid expensive doctor visits [source: CDC]. In addition, upholding a "tough" mentality probably factors into the equation as well.

Overall, however, men and women postpone making a doctor appointment until they feel sick or experience a medical emergency. Attending routine checkups and exams is extremely important in preventing health problems for both sexes.

Peruse the next page for more details on men's health statistics.

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