Common wisdom says men really don't like going to the doctor. While common wisdom is often wrong/sexist/discriminatory, a new study shows that the "wife dragging her husband to the doctor to finally get that 'thing' checked out" stereotype actually holds true.
Studying almost 116,000 men between 1988 and 2003, experts at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, found that married men with prostate cancer are 40 percent less likely to die of the disease than their single counterparts.
The study also found that married men were more likely to turn up at their doctors with less-advanced tumors than bachelors, who were more prone to waiting until it gets really bad. Five years after the diagnosis, the researchers found, 89 percent of married men were still alive, compared with just 80 percent of single men.
There are several theories as to why this may be. On one hand, the stress of divorce or being widowed makes the body more susceptible to certain cancers and disease in general. It could also be because wives encourage (more likely, force) their husbands to just go to the doctor already at the first sign of symptoms. This scenario should sound familiar:
Wife: "Isn't it better to know instead of sit around and complain? Just go get it checked out already."
Husband: "I want nachos."
Ah, what would they do without us? But seriously, the results support the findings of many earlier studies that extol the health benefits of steady relationships, whether romantic or otherwise.
From married men being more likely to survive a heart attack to people with at least five good friends living longer, science sure likes to tell us we're social creatures.
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