Because today happened to be the letter T, I decided to write a “companion post” to the one I published this morning.
“T” is for testicular cancer, which one man is diagnosed with and another man dies from every single day.
This is a serious disease and while breast cancer has gotten a lot of press, you don’t hear so much about this type. Which is somewhat surprising considering it’s “a man’s world” where they earn more money for doing the same jobs and occupy the majority of top executive positions in business. You’d think their diseases would garner a lot of concern and attention, but they don’t. So, why not?
I realize that talking about the male genitalia can be a bit awkward. But, there was a time when discussing women’s breasts openly was unheard of, and look at how far we’ve come! Now, we give them fun nicknames like “hooters, tatas, and snuggle pups.” Breastfeeding is an (almost) accepted practice in public places. Once used only as an advertising vehicle for bras, breasts are now used to sell just about anything you can think of.
If we can have candid discussions and give widespread consideration to The Girls, we should be able to do the same for The Boys. Particularly, as it relates to something as serious as cancer. It’s only fair…and the right thing to do.