Did you know that married men have a lower colorectal cancer mortality when compared to unmarried men? What about the fact that married men have higher rates of colorectal cancer screening? Interesting, right? In fact, studies showing the association between marriage and favorable behavior regarding colon cancer screening have been published as early as 2010.
More recently, a study published in the journal Preventive Medicine found that married men are 9% more likely overall to get a colonoscopy than unmarried men. What is more interesting is that specific characteristics of the marriage predicted which men were more likely to adhere to the screening guidelines and actually get a colonoscopy.