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2% of men 'have never seen doctor'

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As many as one in 50 men in the UK have never visited a GP and one in five have not seen a doctor or other health professional for at least a year, an online survey suggests.

Around one in seven men would be happy to visit a doctor if necessary and one in three would only go if their partner encouraged them (or if they concluded they were left with no other choice).

The poll by found that 6% of men would not go to see a GP if they were feeling chest pain, 26% would not go if they were experiencing excessive sweating and 9% of men would not visit their doctor if they found blood in their semen or urine.

Another 9% would not see a doctor if they were experiencing breathlessness and 14% would not go if they had blurred vision.

If chest pain was enduring, 65% would definitely see a GP; for profuse sweating, 25%; for blood in the urine or semen, 82%; blurred vision, 48%; and breathlessness, 55%.

Nearly half (44%) had not had their blood pressure checked in the past year. Of those who did get it checked, around a third (35%) had a problem detected, with 26% needing additional monitoring and 9% needing more tests.

Just over half (58%) did not get their cholesterol checked in the past year, and 30% have never had it checked.

SurveyShack interviewed 1,010 men between March 1 and March 9.

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