To the Editor:
The month of October is here again. We are of course observing Breast Cancer Awareness. I am a two-time male breast cancer survivor. In a sea of pink, we need to include a tidal wave of blue. We need to raise awareness of male breast cancer. As male breast cancer survivors, we need to be able to hitch our wagon to groups like Susan G. Komen, the Avon cancer walk and many others.
Approximately 2,640 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Outcomes for men are poorer than women. Much of it is because men don't like going to the doctor. There is embarrassment from a breast cancer diagnosis. Men need to know that their health is nothing to be embarrassed about.
Especially a breast cancer diagnosis. It's OK to talk about our health and not keep it a secret. Education about how to check yourself and early diagnosis is critical to a man's survival. Male self examination instructions can be found online. It is a human disease not a women's disease.
Let's change our pink bias that men face and include us lockstep with women in our observance of breast cancer awareness here in the month of October.
John F. Falk