Just meeting someone else who understood what I had gone through was so emotional
Doug and Dave have both experienced breast cancer, and found that there was very little support for them during their treatment. Now, they're working together to change that for other men facing a diagnosis.
The survival rate amongst men is significantly lower because we don't go to the doctor
When Doug and Dave first noticed their symptoms in 2011 and 2015 respectively, they did not immediately suspect breast cancer. In fact, Doug wasn't even aware that men could get breast cancer.
While going through treatment, the two men found that there were very few - if any - resources that were suitable for them. For that reason, the pair have been involved in coordinating a 'Virtual Meet Up' (VMU) group for other men affected by breast cancer, as well as raising awareness about male breast cancer in general.
Tune in to this episode of The Breast Cancer Now podcast to hear about the stigma that still faces men with breast cancer, how Breast Cancer Now are working to be more inclusive of male breast cancer patients, and the variety of ways that Doug and Dave have been getting the word out about their cause.
What I found frustrating was the way that, when you're going through treatment as a man, people just aren't sensitive to it.
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