Men have a tendency of suffering in silence. They hurt, the little sniffle in their nose bothers them too, as does the excruciating pain after they’ve fallen off the roof and broken their back. They’ll never admit it though. I will never understand men and their aversion to visiting a doctor. Are you trying to be manly and sexy? Um, fear of doctors, not sexy.
The most important man in my life, my father, has never cried past the age of 5. He’s never been weak or helpless. To him, he never falls sick and nothing is ever wrong with him. The man has diabetes and high sugar levels, but according to him “everything is fine, I am not a victim to diabetes!” *gobbles up a twinkie*. When I was little, my mother would have to drag him to the doctor because he never went himself. Now I do it. Sigh, men. What are we going to do with them?
This month people around the world are encouraging men to suck it up and stop being a big baby get their prostates checked for cancer.
Today, cancer is more common than you think. Cancer.org says that 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. 1 in 6 men. That means it could be anyone.
It could be your best friend from high school, your neighbor, your father, your brother. Anyone.
People in my family have had cancer. My aunt passed away from it. She’d meant to get checked up, but ‘didn’t have any time’. She finally went when it was too late. My grandmother is currently being treated for it. My father’s friend and my other aunt are now cured of it. With early diagnosis and treatment, they are both cancer free and living good healthy lives (they’re now monitoring their kids just in case). It just goes to show that cancer does not mean the end of the world, it does not always have to result in death. You can be treated for it. Regular checkups have proven to be the first step.
I cannot stress enough how important it is to get a checkup. It doesn’t make you any less tough. It didn’t make my aunt tough to have delayed her appointment. It ensures that you stay strong and healthy. Regular checkups make sure that you get an appropriate diagnosis when and if something is wrong with you.
I will be dragging the men in my family kicking and screaming to the doctor. I think you should too. Save yourself and the other men in your life, and you can be just like Superman.
Please go get your prostates checked up, and maybe even the rest of your body while you’re at it. Do it because healthy prostates are sexy. Do it because your family needs you. Do it before it’s too late.
Do it for all the drunk college girls I’ll introduce you to if you do.
P.S. In honor of Movember, my phone now looks like this: