"Ask doctors if their male patients ignore big and obvious health symptoms, and they'll respond with laughter -- huge peals and guffaws.
"Conventional wisdom, they say, is true. Women listen to their bodies and go to the doctor when something isn't right. Men tend to seek medical attention when they're at death's door -- or when their wives prod them into going."
What the article doesn't say--though it tries to help--is that distinguishing the important symptoms from the unimportant, "Why are you wasting my time with this?" ones is not easy for the layman.