Men are 24 percent less likely to visit the doctor than women, and can be reluctant even when something seems serious. Sure, you don't want to be a wimp or a complainer, but not speaking up when something's wrong can cost you your health or even your life. That may sound extreme, but it's not.
"We're guys," says Mordkin. "We like to ignore stuff. And we're often afraid of what doctors might find." Mordkin says he has a patient who recently came in with a lump that had swelled his testicle to the size of a baseball. "It had been there for a few months, and he had been ignoring it. When we went to evaluate it, we found that it was cancer, and it had progressed to his abdomen. I can't help but wonder if he had presented it a few months earlier if we could have stopped it."