Testicular Cancer Awareness Week on April, 2024: Is anyone else upset that breast cancer is the only publicized awareness month?
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No, I don't agree.
Breast cancer awareness and Breast Cancer Awareness Month are not high profile because of celebrity deaths, but for a much simpler reason - sheer hard work.
Breast cancer awareness campaigns and BC Awareness Month started as a campaign by ordinary women, many of them with cancer, to raise awareness so that people knew the symptoms, examined themselves regularly, attended their routine mammograms etc. Enthusiastic participation and hard work by women made it grow into something nationally, then internationally, recognised (and then big business cashed in).
I agree that awareness needs to be raised about other cancers too.and while I hate 'competitive illness' I can see why there is resentment about an imbalance in awareness raising and fund raising. I too have had family members suffer from other cancers - lung, testicular, stomach and cervical cancers and leukaemia, all but one of them dying of their cancers.
There are, as you point out, other cancer awareness months, weeks, ribbons etc; but the fact is none has had the sheer hard work put into it that breast cancer awareness has.
Now, I've had breast cancer and I personally very much dislike BC Awareness Month - or Pink October as the more cynical of us call it.
Support for those with a deadly disease that kills on average 33 women a day in the UK and 112 a day in the US (the only stats I have, I'm not being ethnocentric) has been turned into a marketing opportunity by big business, with around 1% of the cost of specially made pink stuff going to breast cancer charities, the rest into the retailers’ pockets.
The pink fluffy stuff infuriates me, and I'm not at all 'tickled pink' by Asda's (Walmart's) trivialisation of an illness that may yet kill me. October magazines carry stories from cheerful survivors who claim to have the all-clear (there is no all-clear with breast cancer), and often say bc has changed their lives for the better - very different from anybody I know who's had breast cancer.
And it has negative consequences for breast cancer patients too - I believe that the whole thing is counter-productive, that the marketing and fund-raising hype surrounding breast cancer, by trivialising a deadly disease, is leading people to believe, wrongly, that breast cancer is 1) not very serious, certainly not as serious as many other cancers (many women with breast cancer have been told - by people who don't have it - that it's a 'good' cancer to get) and 2) easily curable.
I've even heard it said that it's a ‘fashionable’ or 'sexy' cancer - my sexy prosthesis and sexy scarred, one-breasted body are evidence that it's no such thing.
In all the pink trivia, it's easy for people to lose sight of the fact that breast cancer is a devastating illness with disfiguring surgery, grueling treatments and so far no cure.
I don't wear a pink ribbon and as someone in remission from breast cancer I support the Think Before You Pink and Pink Stinks! campaigns, both started by women with breast cancer
BUT it does annoy me a little when people complain about the attention breast cancer receives in comparison to other cancers. The solution is not less attention for breast cancer, but more attention for other cancers - and there is nothing to stop any group of people starting a campaign along the lines of the one started ny those women who started all the breast cancer awareness. They'd have to be as dedicated and prepared to work as hard though.
Testicular pain, shooting down leg?
I am a testicular cancer survivor, and the founder of ManExam Coalition for Testicular Cancer Awareness. I would suggest that he do a testicular cancer self-exam. The sooner TC is caught, the better the prognosis can be. He can see the exam at ManExam.org. There are other things it could be too, like torsion, infection, blockage, etc. - but only a doctor can diagnose. You are doing the right thing by making him go to the doctor. My wife made me go to the doctor, and it probably saved my life. Good luck and I hope he gets to feeling better. And should he happen to have testicular cancer, and need information or someone to talk to, he can E-mail our site.
Could I have Testicular Cancer? What else could it be?
I'm a testicular cancer survivor and would suggest you do the self-exam for testicular cancer. Symptoms vary greatly from man to man, but yes, lumps and abdominal discomfort are common symptoms. There are several types of testicular cancer and some are more aggressive than others. The sooner a doctor can catch it the better the prognosis. Should he feel it's cancer, you will be given an ultrasound to confirm. Good luck and hopefully it's nothing serious. It could be a blocked vein or an infection too. Oh by the way, this site shows the self-exam and has a list of possible symptoms, as well as links to credible sources:
(ManExam Coalition for Testicular Cancer Awareness)