We highlight men on the site solely because most people are
surprised to find out that Breast Cancer can happen to men.
Still pleading ignorance?
According to the
American Cancer Society,
roughly 1,720 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.
While this number pales in comparison to the number of female cases,
it proves a point. Breast cancer affects everyone. October
Breast Cancer Awareness
month, a time when everyone can come together and do their part to
raise awareness and funds.
A number of male bloggers have joined their female counterparts
in doing their part and proudly going
Pink for October. Will you
be one of them?
Break the Silence
Each year, thousands of men participate in fund raising events
and awareness programs, eager to help raise awareness about breast
cancer. Just as many are dealing with their own bout of breast
cancer. However many, feeling out-of-place or uncomfortable, resort
to discussing the issue using sentences like “I want to save your
boobies!” While this can certainly help break the ice, it isn’t
where the conversation should end.
Aside from monetary support, perhaps one of the most significant
contributions any man can make to the fight against breast cancer is
his words and understanding. For many men the idea that a disease
like breast cancer could affect them is almost considered taboo.
Additionally, many men find themselves lost as to how to help a
partner, friend, or relative deal with their own diagnosis.
Do you have a story to share? Are you a man dealing with a breast
cancer diagnosis? Do you have a spouse who is fighting it? We are
looking for men everywhere to
share their stories. How
do you cope? How has a breast cancer diagnosis affected your
relationship? If you feel like you have anything to share, anything
at all, contact us and share your story. By sharing our experiences, perhaps we can reach a point where
discussing breast cancer among men is more than just child’s play.
Where Can I Get More Info?
There are a number of resources available on the Internet to
educate the public on breast cancer. If you know of any which are
not on this list, feel free to
Blog about it, invite others to join, become involved, help
increase awareness, learn something new, and teach others what you
~ Matthew Oliphant