DUBAI 21 November 2019: There’s a joke about a man who goes to the doctor complaining that he sees spots. The receptionist asks, “Have you ever seen a doctor?” And he replies, “No. Just the spots.”
The joke gets laughs because it reflects a truth: Men put their health last.
When it comes to their own health, men are shockingly reluctant to go to the doctor, and even when they do, many are hesitant to be honest with their physicians.
An online survey found that that 72 percent of men would rather do household chores, like cleaning the bathroom, than go to the doctor.
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has launched its men’s health campaign, ‘MENtion It’, to encourage men to be more proactive about their health.
To encourage more open discussion about preventative care in men’s health, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is encouraging UAE national and expat males in the UAE to ‘MENtion It’ to qualified professionals when they have a potential medical issue. The hospital is organizing a series of surveys in November designed to discover the extent of the challenge in the UAE.
With the month of November designated as an opportunity to increase men’s health awareness, clinic physicians are also speaking to male patients about year-around wellness. Through the end of the year, the hospital’s ‘MENtion It’ campaign will include educational sessions and online resources that encourage men in the region to proactively speak up and seek professional advice about health issues.