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Men, and talking about cancer

Thursday 24 May 2018


It鈥檚 nearly November, and I鈥檓 awaiting the flurry of furry upper lips, among the men in my family. is here again, and as a way of raising money for charity, and cancer awareness and discussion, it鈥檚 been a winner. 

Their goal is to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%, by 2030, and raise vital funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and mental health.

Talking about cancer

More importantly, it gets men talking about cancer and that can normally like wringing blood from a stone. 

Partly, I think because boys are taught from an early age to be 鈥榤acho鈥, strong, and that admitting emotions or asking for help is perhaps seen as a weakness. 

Health, in particular, seems to be something men don鈥檛 talk about, unless it鈥檚 a sports injury, or incurred through some masculine pursuit.

It can also apply to talking about someone else's cancer - wives and partners often contact us frustrated that they can鈥檛 get their men to talk or open up - whereas men will be in touch to confess they don鈥檛 know what to say.

One of the biggest risk factors for cancer is the aging process. We should be pleased that the number surviving is also increasing, and caught early people have a much better chance of recovery.

I鈥檝e noticed the charity, , whose campaign aims to arm men with the facts, the risks and the tools they need to tackle cancer head on. 

They recognise that men in particular tend to think they鈥檙e too busy to go to the doctor, they don鈥檛 want to talk about embarrassing ailments, or be 鈥榩oked about鈥 鈥 and think cancer won鈥檛 happen to them鈥.

Bowel Cancer UK, perhaps following the success of Movember campaign, have a campaign during December - - which promotes more whiskery growth, in order to highlight the UK鈥檚 second biggest cause of cancer deaths.

It鈥檚 a way of getting men involved in 鈥榖lokey鈥 activities: conversation and teasing in the pub, or at work or the gym, about the success (or not) of the fuzzy faces. It opens up the cancer topic in a non threatening way.

Have you any cancer symptoms?

If you are a man reading this, and have any of the following symptoms. 

It鈥檚 not difficult to book an appointment with your GP just to get them checked out. 

They won鈥檛 think you鈥檙e a time waster, and more than likely can reassure all is well, but at least you can put the concerns behind you:-

  • Pain or difficulty having a pee (urination to use the technical term)鈥nd/or blood in the urine鈥ould be sign of prostate cancer
  • Testicular lumps and bumps 鈥 examine yourself monthly鈥ny changes鈥et them checked out.
  • Persistent bowel problems, lots of wind, bloatedness, blood in the stools, or any change in bowel movements .
  • Nipple discharge, scaliness of skin around the nipple or lumps/bumps/ puckering on chest wall/breast area 鈥 men get breast cancer too鈥
  • Weight loss when you鈥檙e not on a diet 鈥 weight does fluctuate, so don鈥檛 panic, but anything more than 10 lbs or so should be reported.
  • Coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath.
  • Tiredness (fatigue) that doesn鈥檛 get better with rest.
  • Difficulty swallowing 鈥 if you find you鈥檙e opting for soup more than solids as it鈥檚 easier to manage, it鈥檚 time to get it checked out.
  • Changes in the skin鈥oles changing/growing/bleeding鈥..
  • Mouth changes..white patches in mouth or on tongue, or any persistent sore areas鈥

I could go on, but I suspect I鈥檝e given you enough to think about. 

Most times, all is well, but if we women can鈥檛 nag you to get an appointment, then it鈥檚 up to you, gentlemen.

If you鈥檇 like to talk through your cancer worries, you鈥檙e welcome to drop into your nearest 惭补驳驳颈别鈥檚 - it can be good to talk.

Originally written by Sue Long, Cancer Support Specialist, October, 2013. Updated in February 2024


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Resources

  -  Cancer Research UK

 - American Cancer Society

  - blog -  Macmillan Cancer Support (2016)

  -   One for the boys

          The Guardian (Robert Ince, 2.4.14)

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