Octobers coming

PeterBPeterB Member Posts: 57
So here we are in May 2019, 6 months away from October’s Breast Cancer month. Just wondering if given 6 months notice before the October campaign if the organisers such as BCNA, NBCF, McGrath Foundation, Cancer Council Australia will do something about including MALES who also go thru Breast Cancer. Not just acknowledging them with one day in the month. But including them in their campaigns.

Amazingly BCNA/Bakers Delight last campaign included a male image (its a start). My wife shared/commented about including a male image. Her share has gone to 100+ shares and gone around the world. 

Will be interesting to see if any of the above groups take any notice of this blog.

Remember men die of breast cancer as well. They are your husbands, brother, uncles or sons.

Peter Bennett
The Men’s Breast Cancer Forum

Comments

  • kmakmkmakm MelbourneMember Posts: 6,838
    I think it would be great to see men in every breast cancer campaign. And I speak regularly to my boys about not ignoring strange changes to their chests. I endeavour to always say 'people' with breast cancer, not 'women'. And in a speech I'm giving on Friday I am including a bit about how men get it too. I'm with you Peter. K xox
  • Blossom1961Blossom1961 VicMember Posts: 920
    My SIL’s brother found a lump and the doctors refused to acknowledge it for over twelve months. Seems like the general public aren’t the only ones to miss this fact. Medicos need to rethink their stance too.
  • PeterBPeterB Member Posts: 57
    Most GP’s don’t see Male Breast Cancer, so they are not looking to check. Men must ask their GP’s.
  • PeterBPeterB Member Posts: 57
    Interesting NO Comment from BCNAype your comment
  • Blossom1961Blossom1961 VicMember Posts: 920
    @PeterB This guy did ask his GP and also saw a specialist of some description. Both told him it was nothing to worry about and refused to do anything more. Sigh! Admittedly, they are in Wollongong so not really where all the better specialists are?
  • lrb_03lrb_03 Member Posts: 992
    @Blossom1961, I think that unfortunately it could happen anywhere from metropolitan to remote areas. And remember, just because someone is in the city doesn't always mean they're referred to a "better" specialist. 

    And in preaching to the choir, men are proportionately more  likely to have advanced cancer at diagnosis, and/or die from their disease, either because they themselves don't think it can happen, or because they get a brush off from doctors.

    Peter, I appreciate the work that you do to raise the profile of Men's breast cancer
  • Giovanna_BCNAGiovanna_BCNA Administrator, Staff, Member, Moderator Posts: 947
    Hello @PeterB ;
    We welcome your input towards any plans or forums during the month of October, please give us a call to share your ideas on 1800 500 258.
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