One in five men has 'not visited a doctor in the last year' (and 6% still wouldn't even if they had chest pains)By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 10:44 AM on 14th March 2011
On the list of a man's priorities, it seems that visiting the local doctor does not sit highly.
More than one in five men have not visited a GP or other healthcare professional in the last 12 months, according to a survey published today.
Only 14 per cent admitted to being happy to see a doctor if needed, while a third revealed that they will only go to the doctor's if their partner encourages them, or they really have to.
While female patients visit the GP regularly to maintain their health, men visit only when they need 'vital repairs'.
'I would characterise it as the way they treat their cars,' he said.
'Women drive very carefully and make sure they take it into the garage at the right time but men just put their foot down until it's knackered.'
And 14 per cent of men with blurred vision and 9 per cent experiencing breathlessness are among those that would avoid seeing their local GP.
Only 65 per cent would definitely consult a doctor for chest pain while half of those with blurred vision and breathlessness would seek professional help.
Mr Krishna Sethia, of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital: 'I welcome any positive move that will make men more aware of health issues relating to themselves.
Men who did go to the doctor found their visit to be very worthwhile.
More than a third of those who had their blood pressure checked last year discovered some issue, with a quarter needing additional monitoring and nine per cent further investigations.
The survey of more than 1,000 men, was undertaken by insureblue.co.uk to launch its fundraising support for the new Blue Ribbon Foundation. It was created to raise awareness about male cancers and male health issues.