Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live – Jim Rohn
Women, I urge you to encourage the men in your lives to go for their annual checkup. I wish someone had urged my father who now has prostate cancer which has spread to his backbone. If only it had been caught early. He hadn’t been for his annual check up for years. And recently, he complained of back pain but it wasn’t until it was really bad that he went to the hospital. Now, he is in a serious state although my sister has told me that people in his condition live for ten years. His brother had prostate cancer but it was caught in time and now he’s fine. My father is the youngest of four siblings.
I have been reminding my husband to call and make an appointment to see the doctor for the longest time and I hope that after sharing with him the bad news of my father that he will be motivated now to go for his annual check-up.
Why don’t men like going for annual check-ups? The top three excuses are:
Too busy – Twenty-two percent of the men surveyed said that being too busy would stop them from going to their annual checkups.
Fear – Twenty one percent of the men surveyed said they would avoid a checkup out of fear that the doctor would find something seriously wrong with them. One guy put off seeing the doctor about a lump in his testicle and when he eventually went, it turned out that he had testicular cancer. He received treatment and is now cancer free. Facing his fear and seeing the doctor saved his life.
Discomfort – Eighteen percent of men say they would avoid an annual checkup in order to get out of an uncomfortable body exam like a prostate check. No one likes invasive examinations–for women, it’s the pap smear but like it or not, we have to do it every two years. The little discomfort lasts but a few seconds and it could save your life.
When it comes to our health or that of someone we love, we must never procrastinate getting symptoms checked out. Don’t let fear or make excuses. Your health matters and should never be taken lightly or for granted.