Nearly 70 percent of men do not care for their personal health because of 'big boys don't cry' syndrome, a new survey has revealed.
The results confirmed what men's health experts have thought for some time: that men are in denial.
Scott Williams, vice president of Men's Health Network [MHN], said the statistics are scary, considering that many diseases can be treated before they get out of hand.
He attributes the mindset to societal values that condition boys to 'tough it out' in the face of injury.
"When a boy is five years old and skins his knee, he's told that big boys don't cry," the Daily Mail quoted Williams as saying.
Fast-forward to adulthood and chest pain evokes the same dismissive reaction, he added.
Some men may be ignoring symptoms of treatable health conditions and don't visit their doctors sometimes for as long as six months to a year after experiencing disease symptoms, the survey said.
The national online survey included 501 men ages 45 to 65 and 501 of their spouses or significant others to see just how pro-active men are when it comes to dealing with health matters.