Does gender matter? An analysis of men’s and women’s accounts of responding to symptoms of lung cancer

There is a long potrayed profile in popular media of men as reluctant users of health services. This qualitative study has focused on gender comparative research around help-seeking and gender differences in responding to symptoms of lung cancer. The interviews of 27 men and 18 women showed strong similarities between gender accounts. Accounts reviewed demonstrated the presence of stoicism in response to symptoms regardless of gender. The overall findings of the study suggest that it is time to challenge the traditional binary gender stereotypes of ‘stoical’ men and ‘anxious’ women and recognise that both men and women need encouragement to consult their GP for further investigation of potential cancer symptoms.

 

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