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04 May 2016 07:54
Some builders are reluctant to see doctors
Many men delay checking out cancer symptoms for fear of making a fuss, two new polls suggest.
Author of the reports, Macmillan Cancer Support, says such delays can prove vital and urges men to overcome their traditional embarrassment.
The charity has found that workers from the building trade and other "masculine" sectors are among the worst procrastinators.
It says that more men will get cancer than women, so check-ups are even more important for them.
Stat attack - survey one (985 men polled)
• overall, around one in seven males (14%) say they would not present a dubious mole or lump to their GP
• 11% have delayed seeing their GP because of fearing what the doctor might find after experiencing health changes
• four out of 10 (38%) confess to enduring sleepless nights worrying about health matters
Stat attack - survey two (600+ men polled)
• over four in 10 (43%) building industry workers would not talk about suspicious moles or lumps or other symptoms for fear of being accused of creating a fuss
• nearly one in four (23%) claim they won't seek help due to feeling embarrassment
Even if a person's worst fears are confirmed, it does not mean that they have to put their life on hold.
Many illnesses should not prevent a patient from enjoying a holiday abroad, especially if they take out medical-related travel insurance.
Building a new openness
Macmillan wants construction and building company employees to be more open about their fears so they can get potential problems sorted more quickly.
Its new Don't Let Cancer Ruin Your Foundations campaign is involving many companies within that sector to achieve this, including:
• Kier Group
• Travis Perkins
• Wolseley UK
Macmillan's senior information nurse John Newlands calls it "really important" for both sexes to overcome their embarrassment and get cancer symptoms checked out as soon as possible.
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