Men’s health is still seen as a taboo by many men, which can lead to late diagnosis of numerous diseases. To scale the problem, among North Americans, it is more common to take the car to the garage than to go to a doctor’s appointment, of any specialty, according to an article by the American Society of Urology (AUA).
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The comparison between the love of cars and the lack of care for one’s own body is, literally, a provocation. This relationship emerged after a JD Power consulting report pointed out that vehicle owners in the US go to a dealership or a mechanical workshop, on average, 2.8 times a year. On the other hand, men have approximately two medical appointments per year.
Continuing with this reasoning, the temporal issue also draws attention. That’s because, on average, a trip to the mechanic takes at least an hour – quite optimistically. Meanwhile, the visit to the urologist lasts between 15 and 30 minutes.
Why do men rarely go to the doctor?
Given these preferences, it is worth asking: why do patients choose to spend more time at the mechanic than in regular appointments with their doctor? Among the main explanations is prejudice and lack of interest in one’s own health. Nor is there a culture of men going to the office, as is the case with women.
Despite this, “patients should not waste the opportunity to maintain their health”, says Marco Aurélio Lipay, urologist and member of the Brazilian Society of Urology (SBU). The doctor still remembers that “it is possible to change a part or even the car, after automotive revisions, meanwhile, with health, it is not possible”
Benefits of regular visits to the urologist
For Lipay, regular consultations can help in the early diagnosis of different diseases that affect health. But, in general, men start looking for a urologist around the age of 50, when some symptoms of prostate growth can already be identified – at that time, the picture can be benign hyperplasia as well as cancer.
On the other hand, when prostate growth is still small, some very beneficial alternatives, such as changes in lifestyle, can be adopted. For example, science already knows that patients who are sedentary, who eat poorly and who sleep little can contribute, through their habits, to the prostate continuing to grow.
“Another area where we can offer guidance to boys is the importance of testicular self-examination”, comments the urologist. This type of touch is done to identify possible nodules or changes. “When we compare the number of women who do breast self-examination with the number of men who do testicle self-examination, aiming at an early diagnosis of cancer, we observe a great difference in favor of women”, he completes.
Source: AUA and JD Power