That nagging pain in your chest has returned. Will you take a couple of Tums and chalk it up to heartburn and power through your day? Or will you make an appointment to see your primary care doctor? Actually, it depends on your gender. Studies show that women are more likely than men to seek out medical care. And if you’re a guy, that limited care *could translate into a serious diagnosis and a shorter life span.

Dr. Demetre Skliris is an Avera Family Medicine Physician, and it only takes one look at his waiting room to see that the trend holds true here in KELOLAND too.

So why do more women traditionally seek medical care than men? As you might expect there is a mix of factors. But what’s really important here is the unnecessary risks some men may be taking by not see their doctor more often.

Dr. Demetre Skliris and Ashley Thompson on the KELOLAND Living set

With more than 200 clinics and 33 hospitals across the five-state, Upper Midwest region, you can count on finding an Avera provider and exceptional health care nearby. If you don’t already have a primary care provider–which can be either an internal medicine or family medicine physician, you can search for the provider nearest you online at avera.org. If you have a question or are unsure how to locate a physician near you, simply call 800-322-1500.