August 8, 2005
According to Associate Professor of Medicine Joseph Aloi, men are just a lot less likely to see a physician than a woman, which explains why a lot of men are not treated as aggressively as women with the same disease.
"One of the issues with men is their reluctance to see physicians for routine health problems." Often times those health problems are asymptomatic, and if detected early, can go a long way in preventing severe health problems down the road.
Local physicians and health foundations are doing their best to educate members of the community about male health issues like colon and prostate cancer.
Roy Brook was diagnosed with prostate cancer years ago and says it's very valuable not only for people to go to support groups, but also to attend events like the health fair.
The Men's Health Fair was not just for men, and women like Sue Harner attended for one main reason, to support a loved one.
"I think we have a big, important role to play," says Harner. "It's kind of like they say eat an elephant one bite at a time. It is hard and you can get discouraged, but you can't think of it that way, you just have to do a little bit at a time, and it will get easier."