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Independence and invulnerability


Men are significantly less likely to visit their physicians to receive preventive health care examinations. Men make 134.5 million less physician visits than American women each year - making only 40.8% of all physician visits. A quarter of the men who are 45 to 60 do not have a personal physician. Men fail to make advised annual heart checkups. Men between 25 and 65 are four times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than women.

Men are more likely to be diagnosed in a later stage of a terminal illness because of their reluctance to go to the doctor. This may also be due to a tendency of men not to notice symptoms as quickly as women do. Jerry Kaiser, a healthcare consultant believes that, "Men… still basically hunters and warriors… They tend to not pay attention to things that are invisible and internal. If there is no clear external stimulus, there's no response."

The reasons men give for not having annual physicals and not visiting their physician include fear, denial, embarrassment, and avoidance of an experience in which they are not in control. These are feelings that result from their ideas of being masculine, specifically being independent, in control, and invulnerable.


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