Many fathers, husbands, sons, brothers, and boyfriends share a common ailment called “Doctor-itis” – avoidance of a trip to the doctor. Whether it’s a “macho” thing as some research suggests, or simply fear or lack of time, the scary fact is that men don’t take time out of their day to see a doctor.

In honor of Father’s Day (June 15) and Men’s Health Week (June 9-15), local doctors at AFC/Doctors Express centers in our area urge men to come in for a checkup. Urgent care centers are ideal for the man on the go – no appointments are necessary and later hours offer convenience. The time is right for a doctor’s visit since survey information by the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Men’s Health Network (MNH) reveals:

  • 55 percent of U.S. men haven’t seen their M.D. in the past year, and men make half as many doctor visits for prevention as women. (AAFP, National Institutes of Health)
  • This is despite the fact that men have a higher death rate for fatal illnesses including cancer and heart disease. (MHN)