...don't men die (more) from breast cancer?
1. men have breasts (we've even got the nipples to prove it)!
2. men can get breast cancer.
3. men do not get diagnosed with breast cancer as often as women... because, mainly...
4. men do not get mam-ograms.
5. men are not going to be told (by a trusted physician) that a very visible, very revered, very intimate part of the body is diseased, dying or in need removal.
6. men aren't getting all of the fantastically deadly treatments (think 'chemo-radiation') that women are persuaded to purchase.
for some reason, my heart says: "ladies, mammograms are not your friend."
(more to follow)
btw: i am not qualified to advise, on any of these matters. i'm simply writing down thoughts.
wellness is about feeling better. after chatting with many women about their experiences with mammograms, not once has anyone ever said that it was an experience that made them feel better. words like 'demeaning' come to mind, but having your breast smashed by a cold, heartless machine as part of the cold, heartless medical system... to search for 'abnormalities' that could possibly result in the removal of a body part that (in many ways) represents womanhood itself... is not a wellness-oriented activity. some call it prevention. others say that it is a needless witch-hunt that 'finds' non-problems and then takes credit for 'early-detection and removal' operations. there has got to be a better way to examine/honor breasts.
contrast the mammogram with professional/therapeutic massage. when a woman is treated to a massage, she feels safe, listened-to, understood, respected, honored, pampered, warm, and cared-for. the environment is warm, confidential, intimate even. soft-music, soft lighting, soft touch, soft voices... slow, methodical movements, tender-loving-care. professional therapeutic massage (obviously) leads to feeling better before, during, and after the treatment.
we become more well as we feel more well, and vice-versa. take the massage over the mammogram, and determine another way to detect/prevent/eliminate potential cancers.
-----------------oh, and it not just me:
but don't simply 'believe' based upon a blog post. conduct your own research, and search your own heart, and tap into your own knowingness.