Millions of women are avoiding seeking help for female health concerns because of work commitments and not wanting to bring up the subject with their boss, a poll suggests.
The survey by Bupa Health Clinics found 24% of women said they have missed a health appointment because they are too busy to take time off work.
Another 12% said they have avoided seeking help because they were too embarrassed to broach the subject with their boss.
Dr Petra Simic, medical director for Bupa Health Clinics, warned that the “always on” culture can lead to prioritising work over health.
“With the majority of health concerns, the key is spotting and treating problems early, so it’s important that women are having regular health assessments with a clinical expert to address any issues they may have,” she said.
She pointed out that being proactive is likely to lead to fewer sick days and it therefore makes business sense to encourage employees to take better care of themselves.
The survey also revealed that if women were to visit their GP, 28% would want to discuss cervical health, while other priority areas include the menopause, breast cancer and periods.
“Women who are unsure about their health should consider a female health assessment, designed specifically to address these concerns,” said Simic.
Bupa Health Clinics is offering a 20% discount on all female health assessment bookings made in October.