That men and women face different health challenges based both on their physiology and on the kinds of work and play they engage in is probably no surprise, but there is another big difference that profoundly affects men's healthcare experience—how they care for themselves. For example, in the United States, male patients account for only 40 percent of visits to doctors. Further, in a telephone poll conducted by CNN and Men's Health magazine, it was found that 76 percent of women in the United States had had a health exam in the previous year, compared to only 60 percent of men. Though these numbers vary with race, class, culture, and ethnicity, in general, women in the United States are more likely both to seek care ...

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