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Men’s cancer charity says nagging your partner can save their life

08 June 2010

Men spend almost a week of every year being nagged by their wife, a study by Everyman revealed.

Each week, women go on at their partner for more than two-and-a-half hours about helping out around the house, cutting back on their drinking or taking care of their health.

That’s a total of around 11 hours a month or the equivalent of five-and-a-half days a year.

Not helping to tidy the house was revealed as the most common thing for a woman to nag about, followed by washing the dishes, drinking too much and not going to the doctor to get something checked out.

Everyman spokesperson, Tatjana Trposka, said: “It seems all men are on the receiving end of some nagging from time to time and I’m sure many women will say that’s the only way to get a man to do something.

“But while it’s normally over trivial things such as helping out more with the kids or tidying up after themselves, our survey shows that men also have to be pestered about more serious issues.

“Women play a vital role when it comes to the health of the men in their lives and they generally lead by example in keeping up with medical checks.

“Men on the other hand commonly need more convincing to go to the doctor if something is wrong.  In the case of cancer, if symptoms are picked up early, the chance of recovery is so much greater. It’s imperative that men put more emphasis on their health, otherwise the nagging will continue!”

The study of 3,000 Brits revealed that 86 per cent of men get nagged by their other half, with one in five claiming this is the case all of the time.

Women aren’t ashamed about it as 87 per cent admit to giving their partner a hard time to get them to do something.

But the nagging seems to work as 44 per cent of men admit to giving in after an hour if their partner keeps going on about it. Another 21 per cent will cave in within a couple of hours to have a quiet life.

83 per cent of men admitted that they often think their partner is right when they are nagging them, but they would never admit it.

Other research by Everyman for its Male Cancer Awareness Month in June found that 39 per cent of men haven't visited a doctor at all in the last year which is almost twice the number of women at 22 per cent. Most cited an “I’ll be fine” attitude as the reason for not visiting a doctor.



Notes to Editor

Survey conducted by One Poll with a sample size of 3,000.

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