Lack of preventive health screening – an epidemic among men!

Lack of preventive health screening – an epidemic among men!

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More than 18 million men live in Poland [1]. If any disease concerned such a large group of people, we would undoubtedly recognise it as an epidemic. There is, however, one reason why men's health is not at its best. It is a general belief that there is no need to undergo preventive health screening tests, and they are consequently postponed. It is commonly believed that men care less about health than women, and that they only see a doctor when it is too late for prevention and specific therapeutic actions are needed. According to the Medicover Report "Work. Health. Economics "(survey of nearly 230,000 patients) as many as 68 percent of them are overweight or obese. It is one of the factors that, without proper control and effective treatment at an early stage, can lead to serious health consequences.

A real man does not get ill. Consequences of the stereotype.

The effect of this stereotypical approach is that as long as a man does not feel discomfort caused by a disease in the form of pain and aggravating symptoms, he does not feel the need to consult a doctor. The results of a survey conducted by SWResearch on behalf of Medicover show that over 33% of men aged 35-39 and 28% of men aged 40-49, see a doctor once a year or even less frequently. In addition, one in two men surveyed has not undergone any preventive screening tests in the last six months. Unfortunately, postponing visits and trying to deal with illnesses using home remedies often leads to serious health complications.

Being overweight is a risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, heart attack, stroke, musculoskeletal diseases, gastrointestinal diseases, hormonal disorders, as well as some cancers. Elevated cholesterol can cause atherosclerosis and heart attack, and elevated blood pressure can cause other cardiovascular diseases.

Doctor Katarzyna Gorzelak-Kostrzewska from Medicover

Fear stops men from undergoing preventive screening tests

The fear of checking the state one’s health is largely due to the belief that a man is responsible for the financial well-being of his family. As many as 70% of men in the 35-39 age group say that they are not sure if their family would be financially secure in the event of illness, which would prevent them from working for a long period of time.[2] Fear of undergoing preventive screening tests is mainly due to the fear of detecting a serious illness. It is not surprising, therefore, that the doctor the men would least likely visit is an oncologist, which was indicated by 32% of surveyed men [3]. Meanwhile, cancer is the second leading cause of death in Poland. Prostate cancer is (just behind lung cancer) the most often diagnosed cancer in men. Approximately 12,000 new cases are diagnosed each year and this number is growing year by year.[4]

Despite numerous educational campaigns raising public awareness about the role of preventive screening tests in cancer prevention, only a small percentage of men undergo diagnostic tests.

Doctor Katarzyna Gorzelak-Kostrzewska from Medicover

Prevention of great importance to health

Prevention is the most effective method of fighting the most serious diseases we fear. Regular health screening allows us to respond quickly when any abnormality is detected. Thanks to it, chances of a complete cure significantly increase.

Every man should undergo a comprehensive health screening at least once a year. This is especially true for men with a family history of cancer. Medicover Centre offers a coordinated screening package, the "Conscious Man", which, in just two appointments, can help detect many conditions, including cancers of the prostate, bladder, pancreas, liver, as well as heart disease and many other abnormalities. Preventive health screening is an investment that pays off. It should become a habit.

Doctor Katarzyna Gorzelak-Kostrzewska from Medicover

[1] data of the Central Statistical Office [2] SW Research survey conducted on behalf of Medicover [3] Ibid [4] data of the National Cancer Registry, Oncology Centre-Institute in Warsaw

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