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Why Is There So Much More Attention On Breast Cancer than On Prostate Cancer?

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There probably could be as much attention paid to prostate cancer as there is to breast cancer if men would stand up and take a stand for their prostate health, as women do for their breast health. There may be a little bit of shame involved about the male anatomy, even though men won’t admit it. You are not likely to hear TV ads for prostate health on the 6 o’clock news, like you would for breast cancer. You aren’t likely to see cans of soup on the shelves with a prostate cancer symbol on the label, because for some reason men don’t put their genitals and their prostate out on “Front Street,” the way women stand up for breast health. On August 31 of 2009, President Barak Obama proclaimed that the month of September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Most people probably weren’t even aware of it, and probably don’t even remember hearing it on the news or reading it in their local newspapers.


Much money is donated to the American Cancer Society for different types of cancer, but the most money is donated for breast cancer awareness and breast cancer research. There should be bumper stickers, coffee mugs, and other fund raising items available for prostate cancer awareness. Now that prostate cancer has a month dedicated to it just as breast cancer does, there may be more money raised for the cause, and there may be more awareness. Hopefully, by next September you will be hearing much more about where to donate money to prostate cancer awareness programs and prostate cancer research programs.


Everyone has heard of Susan B. Komen and her fund raising events. You would have to be from another planet not to have ever heard of her. Susan B. Komen events raise huge sums of money to be used for breast cancer research. When was the last time you have heard of an event for prostate cancer research? Hopefully, in the future, you may be hearing about events and rallies to raise money and awareness about prostate cancer.


It is the men who have fallen short, because they have not banded together to educate the masses; they need to make everyone aware of the importance of their prostate health. The numbers are about the same between breast cancer and prostate cancer; nearly as many men die of prostate cancer as women do of breast cancer each year. Just as breast cancer does not discriminate among women, prostate cancer does not discriminate among men. Men are more likely to get prostate cancer sometime in their lives than women are to get breast cancer. Nearly 80 percent of men will get prostate cancer, if they live long enough.


Women are very vocal about breast cancer awareness, and they are also more vocal about uterine, ovarian and cervical cancer than men are about their penile, testicular and prostate health. Everyone has fears about cancer, but we, as men and women, should not be so afraid, but try to understand what is going on with them. Men seem unwilling to “sound off” about their prostate health the way women speak up for their breast health. Men often comfort their fears by believing that ignorance is bliss. Ignorance is not bliss; ignorance kills.

Gender discrimination

If there is gender discrimination, it is brought on by the men themselves. Women are very vocal about their breast health, but men are not as vocal about their prostate health. Most men don’t even want to talk about anything associated with their male health. Men don’t want to talk about checking their prostates every 6 months. Men should learn how to check their prostates, just like women have had to learn how to check their breasts. Many men are embarrassed to talk about their bodies in front of millions of people, but if they want prostate health to gain more attention, men will have to band together and become more vocal about their bodies and their health.

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4 Responses to “Why Is There So Much More Attention On Breast Cancer than On Prostate Cancer?”

Comment from Andrea Forrester
Time July 20, 2010 at 10:22 am

You do know it’s Susan G. Komen, not Susan B. Komen, right??

Comment from Michael P DeBenedetto
Time October 17, 2010 at 7:04 pm

It’s nonsense to say men are supposedly embarrassed to talk about prostate cancer because they don’t want the attention. The government have always concentrated on women women’s health. The post office had a poster for breast cancer and have never done the same for men. Laura Bush bathe the white house in pink (and it happened again this past week)but they didn’t have a blue hue for prostate cancer awareness. Even now there is twice as much money spent on breast cancer. I suspect the Congress will pass a law in the future declaring women will not be allowed to die. If women were treated equally then why does the white house have a women bureau to protect women who no longer need to be protected because they have advanced by over 500% in the past ten years.

Comment from brad schimmel
Time October 30, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Did a man or a woman write this artice? Also, please explain to me how a man checks his own prostate? He has to go to the doctor to get it checked. He can’t give himself a “self prostate exam” the way a woman can give herself a “self breast exam.” If breast cancer exams involved a doctor sticking their fingers all the way into your rectum to diagnose the cancer then maybe women wouldn’t be so quick to have breast exams & be so ‘vocal.’

Comment from Travis
Time November 26, 2010 at 9:38 pm

I seriously doubt that men are less comfortable about their bodies. Hollywood and personal groups exaggerate all day long about the male gentalia, male sexual experiences and bowel movements. When describing things that women go through, we use appropriate words such as “that time of the month” , “period”, “powder room”, etc. In fact, I remember seeing a commercial (a month ago) talking about “the thing women don’t want to talk about”. Needless to say, it was a toilet paper commercial.. I would lean more towards gender discrimination and monetary gains. I personally think it is the fact that we still live in a patronizing culture.. Where women are percieved as being less responsible for their bodies, their actions and need everyone to rescue them.

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