BY RD Miller
This silent killer affects dudes too
Throughout the month of October, countless women of all races, cultures, and economic backgrounds gathered in pink across the globe in a variety of awareness platforms.
As one friend put it, it’s not about girls gaining power. Simply put, it is to eradicate a silent killer known as “Breast Cancer,” which affects both men and women.
Our health is more than just a walk, run, and wearing pink once a year in October. It is assisting families who have lost a loved one, are still fighting, or have survived, as well as raising funds for research to find a cure.
Every year on November 19, which is recognized as International Men’s Day, more than a few tweets are sent.
Though it focuses on men’s health, enlightens gender relations, emphasizes the importance of male role models, and promotes positive masculinity languages, it must also address the barriers and taboos that some males face when it comes to their health.
Cancer is still a personal issue, not a water cooler topic, and I believe more men need to form bonds in order to learn about their medical issues.
This issue does not need to be postponed until a prominent individual comes forward to inspect our bodies- (man’s parts).
Because men do not wear bras or have breasts like women, they are not immune to breast cancer, and we must dispel this myth.
Awareness is essential for changing patterns, but a willingness to change is even more important.
When the “Me-Too” movement against sexual harassment and assault gained traction, many powerful men resigned. Some became deafeningly deafeningly deafeningly deafeningly deafeningly deafeningly deafening.
Despite the fact that some denied and minimized their actions, this topic has brought more attention to this once-hidden subject.
However, regardless of the opinions expressed, “consciousness” is essential in any society in order to develop new road maps for a more suitable quality standard of living, which includes physical health, family, education, employment, wealth, freedom, tolerance, the environment, and safety.
Awareness is essential regardless of where you live, but you must also make changes to improve your lifestyle. It could be as simple as working together to develop a shared understanding of what you put into your body.
Furthermore, ensure that you have access to a valuable-healthy grocery store as well as a good healthcare system.
Despite the fact that male breast cancer is extremely rare, medical reports show that 350 males are diagnosed each year, and it affects adolescents as well as men between the ages of 60 and 70. Early detection remains critical, and vital examinations may save lives.
According to medical experts, it is a malignant tumor that develops from breast cells. “A malignant tumor is a collection of cancer cells that can invade surrounding tissues and spread to other parts of the body.”
If you are reading this, I am not a celebrity who was diagnosed with the disease in order to persuade you to see a doctor within the next 24 hours. I do, however, have family members and a friend of a friend who has died as a result of this disease.
People of color, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have a higher risk of contracting this illness, as well as other cancers.
Know the signs and ask questions, and follow the science
Males have a lower risk of developing breast cancer than women, according to the International Journal of Caring Science and other leading oncology studies. However, it remains high, particularly among men with a history of testicular pain, as well as those with a genetic predisposition, radiation, excessive alcohol consumption, liver disease, and obesity.”
Unfortunately, if you have less access to a decent and affordable health care system, you may be one of several families who are still looking for answers as to the exact cause of death for a loved one.
Medical professionals classify breast cancer symptoms such as nipple swelling, discharge, and rashes around the boob. It also houses millions of cells and hormones in both boys and girls during puberty, as well as swelling of the chest and lymph nodes under the arms.
Often, by the time some patients realize they have this disease, it has already progressed to its terminal stage. Not everyone has the financial means to travel outside of their communities to receive excellent care.
Simply changing the word “Women Issues” to “Men Issues,”, particularly for black men, will result in a plethora of other socioeconomic topics dominating, such as criminal justice, higher unemployment, poverty, violence, and less access to healthcare.
Cancer was associated with and regarded as a “lady” disease that affected their woman’s parts, the breast, and womb, according to medical experts. And that belief is still a dangerous weapon in the fight against one’s health problems.
Underneath that tough-guy persona, he frequently requires your assistance. Yielding our vulnerability makes us appear weak in the face of societal pressures and the way culture and modernization have led us to believe.
Many men, for example, would openly admit that they relied on Viagra for sexual dysfunction because their self-esteem was as important as their influence.
This attitude sometimes prevents some people from visiting even female doctors or from participating in pink or a walk to raise awareness.
Addressing men’s breast cancer and other medical issues quietly remains a taboo entwined with social stratification, illiteracy, and medical disparities.
Many leading Cancer Societies recommend the following basic questions for your doctor to ask:
Do you have breast pain?
Do you have a lump?
Nipple retraction, or skin changes?
How equipped is your doctor?
How informed is your physician?
Where does he or she receive their training?
The success percentage of treating this disorder or any other?
Collaboration with other practitioners?
Do you have an external evaluation of your labs?
Access to high-quality, low-cost health care saves lives.
The lack of social responsibility by several elected leaders whose economic agendas in all political parties failed to confer inadequacies, and where under-funding of critical facilities only added to the burden.
Access to proper healthcare remains a barrier in many communities today, separating the haves and have-nots.
Distance to adequate facilities, like the high rate of unsolved crimes in closed files, is a source of distrust in many impoverished and developing countries. Alternative medicine is frequently used by these patients, not only for breast cancer but also for other diseases.
The ongoing debates about the cost and quality of care, as well as how many patients’ life savings have been depleted by years of medical office visits with no clear answer?
The lack of accountability, resources, and the sheer number of people under one doctor’s care, as well as the high cost of treatment and accurate referrals, can all discourage others from seeking medical attention.
Furthermore, given the lengthy wait to be seen or admitted for treatment, “why bother showing up?” one person argues.
Failing to recognize professional limitations can result in other barriers, such as the need for appropriate medical equipment to diagnose these symptoms to well-trained staff. And, before they can admit one, they must address the issue of upfront payments.
Equally important, an assurance that decent treatment is being provided should take precedence over profit, as personal ethics should not conflict with care and accountability. When someone dies as a result of a misdiagnosis or delayed treatment, it only raises more questions.
Accurate analysis is required to ensure that these medical systems provide precise answers in order to build trust in many of these medical systems, particularly in impoverished communities.
Many bereaved families are frequently often left with unanswered questions or are abandoned as a result of these tragic events.
Today are unsure whether it was cancer, a heart attack, malpractice, diabetes, high blood pressure, or the prescribed medication that caused their loved one’s death.
The International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) has developed standards that many countries have adopted, and some of these rural facilities may implement more stringent oversights in the delivery of competence services along these shores.
Creating a brotherhood to aid in early detection.
Today, I believe that more men should take a moment to reflect on their health, form a brotherhood to fight breast cancer and other diseases, and provide a platform for engagement rather than isolation due to fear.
Furthermore, design similar approaches, such as political campaigns commonly used to advance the agendas of local political leaders to elected offices, which frequently fail to address community healthcare issues that are critical to the quality of life.
This month and beyond, I encourage more men to take a stand for good health, including colon cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, mental health, heart disease, substance abuse, and other illnesses.
Despite the fact that uninsured people are less likely to receive medical care and are more likely to have poor health status, studies show that there are a few excellent physicians tucked away in many small communities.
Accept even if today’s medical check will be performed by a female doctor. Local home-grown and self-medication may alleviate symptoms, but it will not cure this disease, which will affect many more men in our lifetime.
Male Breast Cancer – awareness and beyond the nipples
Men’s health will continue to face challenges as they navigate the socioeconomic divide, taboos, disparities, distrust, and access, and breast cancer isn’t the only potential medical check that should be on your list this year:
They may be limited in terms of resources, but they play an important role in situations where early detection is critical in saving lives and avoiding unnecessary financial burdens when it is too late to change course.
Making an appointment with a knowledgeable physician is the first step toward a healthier tomorrow.
The next Father’s Day gift could be to accompany a loved one to the doctor.
We are all connected, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, culture, religious belief, gender, or location, and cancer does not discriminate.
Finally, allow the doctor to acknowledge your concerns, even if it is only for the purpose of providing a psychological intervention until the next exam.