A proportion of adult men have little or no interest in early screening for disease, according to a Cleveland Clinic survey. To make matters worse, most men don’t want to talk about their health at all.

The clinic surveyed 502 men over the age of 18 to gauge their attitudes about health. Half of those surveyed admitted they were unlikely to talk about their health problems, even with friends. Despite the fact that they do touch on topics such as injuries and weight problems in these conversations.

Only a few percent of respondents mentioned topics that were urological in nature. Ten percent of respondents were not even fully aware of the urological specialty.

With more health resources and services available to men today than ever before, it’s really baffling why they don’t take more care of their health, more preventive screenings,

said Eric Klein, head of the urology department at the Cleveland Clinic.

According to the study, women are more likely than men to prioritize health as a topic of conversation. The survey suggests that spouses, partners or other family members can be influential, with one in five respondents indicating that they ended up going to the doctor because they were “nagged”.

The Cleveland Clinic’s research aimed to raise awareness among men to take more care of their health.