Why Can’t Men Learn to Play the Odds?

A few years ago, the medical journal BMJ published a study showing that men take more senseless risks than women.

The difference can be especially noticeable in health care. For example, the chance of a man developing prostate cancer in his lifetime is one in seven, yet many men over age 50 still don’t talk to their doctor about getting screened.

In honor of Movember, a month dedicated to men’s health, we look at the long odds men take in their daily lives while often passing on a safer bet: Getting a potentially lifesaving screening for prostate cancer.


The Perfect Bracket

The chances of picking a perfect college basketball playoff bracket are one in 9,223,372,036,854,777,808. Definitely not a slam dunk.


Becoming a Professional Football Player

Don’t feel bad you didn’t get your dream job as the starting tight end on a professional football team. The chances of a high school player making the pros are about one in 1,086,627.


A Hole in One

All those Saturdays spent on the course hoping for a hole in one? Your chance of knocking it in in a single stroke is about one in 12,500.

Being Dealt a Royal Flush

All that time spent playing poker and hoping for a royal flush? The chance of it happening is one in 649,739.


Learn to play the odds. Stop putting off your prostate exam.

For more information about prostate cancer screening tests, including who should be screened for prostate cancer and how screenings are performed, go here.