Why men should "man up"

My dad absolutely hated going to the hospital. That's why, when he started having strange symptoms like bleeding in his bowel movements, he chalked it up to minor issues and waited it out.

During his wait, his colon cancer got from bad to worse. By the time he had a colonoscopy, he was at Stage III.

This article, called "Men don't man up when it comes to cancer screening," highlights a study at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida that realized that "41% of the men had never had a cancer screening while only 5% of women had never been screened.

The article continues:

"Researchers believe the participation gap could be related to more cancer awareness programs for women--the entire month of October is dedicated to breast cancer.

Dr. Shivnani said men can and should be more proactive.

"Certainly men in general need to be better at giving a detailed family history to their physicians they can be appropriately counseled for when they need to start these screenings.”

---Andrea Uhde Shepherd, Executive Director

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