(STUDY FINDS) — NEW YORK — When was your last check up? A survey of 2,000 Americans found that 60% have avoided seeking medical attention for a variety of health issues they’re worried about, from depression to back pain. Financial concerns or just plain old fear of a bad diagnosis were among the top reasons keeping people away from the doctor’s office.

The majority of those in the survey, which was commissioned by hearing treatment company GN Hearing, indicated they would prefer to leave their medical problems alone, and take an “ignorance is bliss” approach. Unfortunately, many times that results in medical problems worsening. The average survey respondent who put off seeking medical attention did so for around 11 months before finally visiting a doctor.

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