As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2021, Against Breast Cancer has launched a new Male Breast Cancer Information Leaflet.
We are delighted to have worked closely with Doug Harper and David McCallion who have both had breast cancer and were keen to share their insights and experiences. We have also continued our collaboration with Dr Kerry Quincey, a psychologist based at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU), whose research explores the psycho-emotional/psycho-social impact that breast cancer has on male patients.
Some of the aspects we wanted to address centred around breast cancer information being primarily aimed at women, the colour often being pink and the statistical information describing cases in women. This may contribute towards men feeling that the information is not relevant to them, is not something they would want to read, or sadly even reinforcing ideas that they have a “women’s disease”, making them feel even more alone during a difficult time.
As a man in the predominately pink world that is breast cancer it’s a lonely place because those like you are rareDavid McCallion
Designed specifically with men in mind, with male-specific statistics and information, we wanted to provide a resource which raises awareness that men do have breast tissue and can develop breast cancer. Importantly it also includes links to male-specific support groups for anyone needing advice or help, before, during or after a breast cancer diagnosis.
With there being so few male-only resources available for men, we hope this will help raise more awareness of the disease in men and subsequently improve men’s lives and illness outcomesDr. Kerry Quincey
It’s rare but it’s there…
Men are less likely to report or seek help about body changes, and as early detection and diagnosis are key to better treatment options and survival outcomes, it is vitally important to be aware of potential breast cancer symptoms.
There is not enough awareness of breast cancer in men. Leaflets like this one by ABC are a great helpDoug Harper
Download a digital copy of the Male Breast Cancer Information Leaflet.Download Male Breast Cancer Information Leaflet
Printed copies will be available soon. If you would like to order a supply of Male Breast Cancer Information leaflets for your GP practice or clinic, or have any questions regarding this publication, please contact us using the form below.