When a woman becomes sick with a simple cold, she goes about her day not paying attention to the symptoms. Conversely, when a man gets a simple cold - he reverts to infancy, and needs to be coddled and waited on hand and foot. Do all men react this way? Of course, not.
Typically, however, when men become seriously ill they tend to avoid the doctor or specialist because they assert the problem will merely go away if not addressed. Thus, taking preventative measures to ensure good health belongs uniquely to the realm of women.
Men will put off going for check-ups and will only visit their doctor is they have a broken arm or leg. In fact, if there is a condition that seems more serious to his spouse or partner - she will take the lead and ensure he gets checked out.
The most common reason for this lack of preventative care is due in part to the machismo effect. Men are strong; therefore, they can endure. Moreover, going to a doctor's office is an uncomfortable experience for men.
In addition, due to the emphasis placed on women's health issues vis a vis magazines, news reports, and other media - it seems unfair to place the blame entirely on men. If such an emphasis was equally placed among both men and women's health issues, we might have a different result.
With the high incidence of prostate cancer now taking center stage, hopefully men's health issues will be addressed as fervently as their counterparts. In truth, however, all health issues should have an equal forum wherein everyone can participate in, and feel comfortable, such a serious topic.
To this end, I am including articles on men's health that will hopefully begin a dialogue on issues that have for too long remained hidden.