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March 19, 2000

* Re "Men Tend to Avoid Health Care, Study Says," March 14: There could be another reason why men avoid going to the doctor. They might have seen a doctor once or twice and gotten no help, or too much help.

Last year my doctor put me through four mammograms and two ultrasounds with almost no explanation why. I hadn't complained of any pain or lumps. The stress this caused was worse than not seeing a doctor at all.

In December I went to the emergency room because I couldn't breathe. The doctor told me he couldn't do anything for me.

Recently I went to a new doctor because I have a very sore foot. The doctor promised to refer me to a specialist but never sent me the referral paperwork.

I'm beginning to understand why my father wouldn't ever go to a doctor.

MARY MOON

Glendale

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