I agree with those who feel we are not angry enough to get the media coverage and government dollars/ support to help those with Prostate Cancer.
Another aspect is the fact that too many men are afraid of what is below the belt - the penis, the prostate, testicles, rectum.... hence the unfortunate number of men who do not get the proper diagnosis and treatment for prostate cancer, testicle cancer, colon cancer along with ED issues and incontinence...
-one of the key phrases I have used when promoting prostate cancer awareness at my fundraisers was " when was the last time your doctor has his gloved finger up your butt?"
-with that the man would blush - and often the wife would giggle - that would
open up the discussion and (if lucky) the man would take one of the 1-in-6 pamphlets - or often, the wife would take the pamphlet - "I'll get him to read it tonight" was a common response...
or -the man would stand proud to say the date of his last prostate exam - and his family's health history, etc...
- a man's penis can be viewed as a weapon (rape, domestic violence ..) while women's breasts are pretty and make a pretty package but are not attached to a particular sexual function - when was the last time you were scared by a pair of boobs?
-the prostate / penis / rectum - can be attached to sexual function - thus scary territory for many men -
- sexual modesty is the root of why prostate cancer awareness is floundering -
-accepting the fact that humans are SEXUAL can be the first step to their personal health...
-hugs to one and all,
Age:55 -gay with spouse of 14 years, Steve -Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Biopsy:10/16/09- 2 of 12 cancerous, 5% involvement -Gleason 7 (3+4)
Pathology:pT3a -Gleason 7 -extraprostatic extension -perineural invasion -prostate weight -34.1 gm
PSA:04/08/10 -0.05 -Zero Club
PSA:09/23/10 -0.05 -Zero Club
PSA:03/24/11 -0.02 -Zero Club
Post Edited (tatt2man) : 6/15/2011 3:50:39 AM (GMT-6)