Men ask for medical help just about as much as they ask for driving directions, which might explain why a new study has found that married men, who have wives to urge them to get help, survive cancer much better than single guys.
The study from Norway gathered data over the last 40 years and showed a widening gap in survival rates for those who tied the knot compared to bachelors. In 1970, single men with cancer were 18% more likely to die than married men with cancer. By 2007, that number had expanded to 35%. There’s also concern that since many people don’t have access to the health care system in the United States, their percentage gap could be even wider.
Interestingly enough, the researchers found that the extraneous variables such as age, education or even the stage of the cancer didn’t factor. The exact reasoning for this phenomenon is unclear, but it appears that having a spouse puts some pressure on guys to eat healthy, work out and seek medical advice when something is wrong.
Having someone make you a good bowl of chicken soup when you’re feeling ill doesn’t hurt either.