Blaming women for being more proactive and responsible about their health care is insulting. My guess is that there are more females on this board advocating, researching, hand holding, accompanying their fathers, husbands, and partners to their appointments than there are men doing the same for their mother, wives, and female partners with breast cancer. Just look around the waiting rooms at any cancer center.
Interesting info about
Uro's ceding territory to onco's. But who's blaming women? There's no doubt that women in general are more attentive to health concerns. Their participation in support forums is apparent. On FB it's probably by a factor of three or four to one.
But if there is a gripe about
it, it is that this support often manifests in the exclusion of men.
I have searched for online support for men on long term ADT. But every group
on the subject of Lupron (that I could find anyway) were entirely female led 'hate' groups about
Lupron being used off label for fibroids or endo. Nothing for men, so I started my own.
And there are numerous 'chemo' groups that where women outnumber men ten to one. If you are on FB just look up the 'chemotherapy support group'. Their cover photo is five women playing in the surf. No men. Do men never get chemo? Granted, due to nature's design, the prostate has little blood flow, so chemo is generally only effective for distant mets. But men DO get other cancers. In fact, for some types of cancer men predominate. And not just because of lifestyle.
And let's not forget that approximately two percent of breast cancer victims are male. In a recent late night TV drama, one of the male characters had breast cancer, and he was constantly chided for it, and had to repeatedly defend that it is a "real cancer".So who here is blaming
women for the fact that prostate cancer tends to be so readily dismissed by both the medical community and the public in general? No offense to you personally. But many of us are sick of having pink ribbons shoved down our throats, while most people, including many who have had PCa, do not even know what the ribbon color is... and that the same color is also shared by a nmber of other diseases, so who knows what it means?