“When it comes to men and health, a lot of it is just getting the conversation going,” says William Blazey of the College of Osteopathic Medicine in Men’s Health.
Blazey, who grows a moustache each fall as part of the Movember movement to support men’s health issues, says men often visit doctors only when they have an injury or feel like something is wrong. Having a good relationship with a family doctor can help a patient keep up with necessary tests and screenings, especially if the patient shares family history that impacts testing recommendations.
“A lot of times, I’ll have a patient who comes in, and he’s had a problem for weeks or months, but he hasn’t talked to anyone about it,” says Blazey.
Blazey suggests men in their 20s and 30s may be more open to talking about health care issues and can help start the conversation about men’s health with their fathers.