Man up and check your health

Male workers, particularly in construction, tend to visit doctors less.
Male workers, particularly in construction, tend to visit doctors less. Contributed

DESPITE man-flu being recognised as more virulent and nasty than any female ailment, men do not like going to the doctor.

Breaking through their largely male workforce’s reluctance to undertake regular health screenings was an issue for Abigroup and its health and well-being officer, Cadence Page, because they’re even tougher nuts (or believed they were) in the construction industry.

“There’s a lot of work on, blokes are working six days a week, there’s a big drinking and smoking culture and if they’re not sick, they think they’re a perfect specimen,” she said.

Ms Page has organised several “Pit Stop” self-assessment and men’s health screening programs equating men’s health issues to the workings of a car (see factbox).

She said men’s attitudes to their health can be more retro than metro.

“Men don’t like that confrontational thing women do, sitting down face-to-face and talking,” Ms Page said.

“The Pit isn’t like that, they can relate to it.”

Dr Gaston Boulanger from BITS medical centre agreed it was harder to get male patients through the door for check-ups.

“Something needs to happen to them,” Dr Boulanger said.

“An eye-opener, a friend with a diagnosis.

“Or their wives (or girlfriends) make them go.

“That’s why married men live longer.”

Topics:  health men

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