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Web based tool may help get more males into the doctors office

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TYLER (KYTX) - You may think it's hard to get your teen son to go to the doctor, but you're not alone.

Studies show males don't access the health care system nearly as much as females, and they're at a higher risk for many disorders and diseases.

A web based tool might help change that.

From doctors visits when they're sick, to regular screenings, chances are boys, teens and young men aren't making it in often enough.

"He's got ADHD, so it's a phobia. Because he's like, they're going to diagnose me with something else," says Melissa Black about her 14-year-old son.

Black is a nurse and her son is always reluctant to see his doctor.

"We don't see as many men, we really don't. And most of the time when teenagers come in, it's with their mom," says Black.

Doctor Bryan Lowery at Trinity Clinic - Manhatton says it's a problem that starts early and trickles into their adult life.

"There's a large proportion of men, who will not go to the doctor between their high school physical and their first heart attack of stroke. And that's a big percentage of men," says Dr. Lowery.

That's why the Boy's Initiative is stepping in, and hopes having younger men log in to a web-based health tool will prevent some problems.

The Washington based advocacy group says intervening at adolescence could help.

The web-based kit contains questionnaire, references, checklists and videos to help assess 9 areas including healthy eating, reproductive health, trauma and mental health.

"There's men's health magazines that can tell you what you need and when you need to see your physician. There's plenty of resources out there to look at, to see if you are in need of health care," says Dr. Lowery.

"I think if the parents try to explain to the child why they have to go and what benefits it has for them, it instills good things in their mind," says Black.

Hoping to stop problems for boys, however it's taught.


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