Originally published June 13, 2018 at 06:05a.m.

Updated June 13, 2018 at 07:02a.m.

Research consistently shows that men are less likely than women to seek medical care.

According to a 2014 survey by the Centers for Disease Control, men are half as likely as women to go to the doctor over a 2-year period. The same study found men were more than three times as likely to admit going more than five years without a visit to any physician. Men were also more than twice as likely as women to say they’ve never had contact with a doctor or health professional as an adult.

A survey conducted recently by researchers with the Cleveland Clinic found the following: 60 percent of American men don’t get an annual physical; men would rather talk about sports or their jobs than discuss anything to do with their health; 19 percent of men report that their primary motivation for seeing a doctor is to stop their significant other from nagging them about the need to get medical care; when men are asked about their biggest concerns, their family’s well-being and financial security ranks over their own health.

From a health care standpoint, men are the most neglected group in society, according to Dr. D. Bruce Irwin, founder and CEO of American Family Care.

“Many men put everything in their lives ahead of their health, including their families, jobs and sometimes even their hobbies,” Irwin said.

“But they have it backwards,” he added. “If men put their health first, they would be better able to take care of their families and careers.

“A routine checkup, paired with screenings and lifestyle changes, if necessary, can reduce the risk of chronic illness for men, as well as the chances of needing surgery later in life.”

Irwin’s Alabama-based company, which he founded in 1982, is “the nation’s leading provider of urgent care, occupational medicine and accessible primary care,” the company reported in its media release.

Information provided by American Family Care