Survey: Men Must Communicate Health Issues With Families

Health talks between fathers and sons

While it is no surprise that men would rather discuss sports or current events with their sons than talk about health issues, it is important to note that when these conversations don’t take place, sons are missing important parts of their medical history. The Cleveland Clinic wanted to learn more about this, so they conducted a survey, and the results led them to create the MENtion It campaign to get men and their families talking.

The Cleveland Clinic surveyed 567 U.S. men over the age of 18 who are currently fathers or father figures to a boy, and who had a father and/or father figure growing up, and nearly two-thirds (62 percent) reported that they wished that their own father (figure) had been more open to them more about health topics. It was also reported that almost half (47 percent) of fathers with sons revealed that they didn’t know about their family health history until they started to go to the doctor as an adult.

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