‘Nagging wives’ give husbands a better chance of cancer survival – study

NZHerald 1 May 2013
Married men with prostate cancer have a much better chance of survival than bachelors – and “nagging wives” could be the reason, according to one New Zealand expert.  ew research reported in the Canadian Journal of Urology showed that single men with the disease were 40 per cent more likely to die than husbands. The study of more than 115,000 prostate cancer cases between 1988 and 2003 found that single men, including those who were divorced, widowed and separated, were more at risk even when factors such as age and tumour grade were eliminated. Otago University lecturer Dr Elspeth Gold said the findings were likely to reflect that married men were encouraged by their wives to go to the doctor. “It could be a certain amount of the nagging wife syndrome. They encourage men to go and get checked out rather than put up with them moaning about not feeling well.” Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in New Zealand men, with about 2500 cases diagnosed every year. Dr Gold said it may be detected earlier by those in a sexual relationship because erectile dysfunction could be an early indicator. “If you’re in a committed relationship, and it’s a sexual relationship, anything wrong with anything down there, you want to get it fixed fairly quickly.” She said a separate Australian study had concluded that bachelors were less likely to seek help for reproductive health problems.  http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10880940