Identifying the Needs of Men With Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is often perceived as a women's disease, with less than one percent of diagnoses occurring in men. This lack of attention may contribute to the psychosocial impact men may feel when diagnosed. Cancer Care's Marissa Fors, LCSW, OSW-C, helps lay out the issues in her article in Oncology Nursing News, " Identifying the Needs of Men With Breast Cancer ." 

Men with breast cancer often face unique challenges. This diagnosis can be shocking, and may bring about feelings of isolation, shame, and emasculation. A lack of awareness of male breast cancer, along with responses from others, contribute to these emotions. As health care providers, actions can be taken to better understand the experiences of male breast cancer patients and ensure an inclusive and supportive environment. 

The perception that they are not supposed to have breast cancer may leave men not only unprepared to disclose their diagnosis to friends and family, but also reluctant to communicate with their health care teams. It is important to recognize how this sense of social stigma can impact their lives and how professional counseling and peer support can help diminish sensations of fear and isolation. 

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