Researchers at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse held a series of focus group interviews to try to understand why. Here are the reasons men gave for not going to their doctors, as reported in the Journal of Family Practice:
- They are more inclined to turn to their female partners for help, rather than go to professionals.
- They are more likely to resort to denial. Seeing a doctor is an admission of vulnerability.
- They only go to the doctor when they feel sick -- not for regular checkups. If it doesn't hurt, it doesn't matter.