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How common is it for men to miss their healthcare appointments?

Balancing work, family and personal life can leave men and women little time to even think about their health, let alone schedule (and keep) appointments for health screenings. For reasons not completely clear, men seem less likely to keep up their health care obligations. In fact, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has found that men are 24 percent less likely than women to have visited a doctor within the past year and are 22 percent more likely to have neglected their cholesterol tests.

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