Research reveals a huge percentage of males in the United Kingdom purposely avoid a visit to the doctors, often sighting time constraints or lack of importance as an excuse.
Out of 1,000 men who took part in the study, approximately three-quarters admitted to putting off seeking professional medical advice, despite showing signs of illness.
A quarter of the participants say it’s due to the fact they don’t have time, while one-in-ten don’t book appointments with their local GP as it slips their mind.
What is concerning is that two-fifths of men who took part in the study do not think it is important to have a check-up, while almost one-in-five believe they are healthy and do not require one.
The research was funded by Gillette, who partnered up with the Movember Foundation for Men’s Health Week, which began on June 11 and will run up all the way to Father’s Day, June 17.
The Movember Foundation is one of the few International charities tackling men’s health on a global scale. They address some of the biggest health issues men face today, such as prostate and testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
Gillette Brand Manager, Matthew Thomas says:
Gillette is proud to continue our relationship with Movember during such an important time.
As a brand, we strive to help men look, feel and be the best man they can be.
This doesn’t just mean giving them the greatest shave, it means being there to offer advice when it comes to the things that are important; whether that’s being a good role model or taking pride in self-preservation and physical health.
The stats show that the majority of guys take a lax approach to their own health and we’re here to encourage them to change their habits, take their health more seriously and ultimately be the best man they can be.
Anne-Cecile Berthier, Movember Foundation’s Country Director UK & Europe, echoed those sentiments, adding:
The state of men’s health is in crisis, too many men are unaware of the health risks they face and the actions required to stay mentally and physically well.
Testicular Cancer is the most common cancer in young men.
The recent findings that only 44 per cent of men aged 18-40 have ever checked themselves for Testicular Cancer show there is still a long way to go before men are fully engaged with key issues relating to their health.
Our mission is to Stop Men Dying Too Young. This means funding research into Prostate Cancer, Testicular Cancer, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. It also means equipping men with the facts and information so that they can take action on their health.
Ironically testicular cancer is one of the most curable forms of cancer. One of the reasons it kills men is the unwillingness to address the symptoms.
According to Macmillan:
Each year in the UK, around 2,300 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer. It is more common in white men and in younger to middle-aged men.
Treatment for testicular cancer is very effective and nearly all men are cured.
Last year UNILAD met with members of Baggy Trousers, a peer support group for testicular cancer survivors, you can watch the documentary below:
If you’ve been affected by any of these issues, and want to speak to someone in confidence contact Macmillan’s Cancer Support Line on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday – Friday, 9am – 8pm).
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