Male approach to doctors 'different'

Men have a different relationship with their doctors than women, which one health professional has suggested could lead to difficulties.
Dr Elizabeth Rapley, scientific spokesperson for the Institute of Cancer Research, claimed that the fact that men do not see their GP on a regular basis could make it heard for them to discuss personal matters.

She was speaking with specific reference to issues related to prostate cancer.

Ms Rapley said: "Women throughout their lives go to the GP on a regular basis, they go for contraception, they are invited to cervical smearing, they are invited to breast cancer screening at a later age, so they are used to cancer screening programmes.

"Access to those kinds of information for men about cancer is much more limited because they don't regularly see their GP."

However, the doctor noted that public awareness also played a role, with cervical and breast cancers tending to be more publicised in people's minds than prostate and testicular cancers.

Figures from Cancer Research UK suggest that prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the UK, with around 36,000 cases diagnosed each year.

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