Why men find it so difficult to visit the doctor

Why men find it so difficult to visit the doctor

By Alex Melia

You’re in your favourite blues bar. You’re dancing to the melodic guitars. You see a woman across from you. She captures your attention. You capture hers. You speak to her outside of the bar. You discover that the connection is real.

Over the next few months, you fall in love. But she’s seen something on your leg: a small bump. She thinks you should get it checked out. You tell her it’s nothing. But the bump is getting bigger. Eventually, you follow her advice and you receive the diagnosis which is going to change your life.

Today we discover how Lewis reacted to receiving his unexpected diagnosis and we ask, why is it that men can often be so reluctant to seek medical advice even when we know that something isn’t right?

Alex Melia, and the Stories of Men team are on a mission to uncover what it means to live an independent and meaningful life. We'll be sharing this knowledge with you every week.

We’d like to extend our appreciation to today’s guest, Lewis Matthews. His humour, honesty and unfiltered account of both falling in love and discovering his ill health is fascinating to behold. It also provides a vital part of the puzzle as we try to piece together what it means to be a man in today’s world.


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