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Misguided Masculinity Keeps Many Men From Visiting the Doctor

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It's a cliché that men don't like to visit the doctor. But unlike tropes about refusing to ask for directions or put away their laundry, this one has serious health ramifications.

It's a fact that men are less likely than women to get preventive screenings, seek timely medical care, or be vaccinated for COVID-19 or the flu. Men also have shorter life spans than women.

Although reasons for the life expectancy gap are complex, biology explains only part of it, said Wizdom Powell, director of the UConn Health Disparities Institute in Hartford ...