Men: Less Participative in Cancer Screenings

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All over the globe, cancer is already dominating as time goes by. May be due to the predisposing and risks factors that one can have. Cancer is a state wherein there is an uncontrollable proliferation of abnormal cells in the body, may it be immature in nature or either mature enough in excessive amount.

Malignant cancer cells are fatal if not detected early and does not given prompt medical attention. These kinds of cells are highly undifferentiated and can metastasize (spread) in different parts of the body. Signs and symptoms of cancer may depend on the affected organ or part of the body (e.g. lung cancer: difficulty of breathing, cough, chest pain, etc.). Despite the danger and harm, cancer is highly curable, treatable and most of all, preventable. The key on fighting cancer is actually no other than early detection.

At present, it is known that men has higher death rate compare to women in terms of cancer; maybe because of lifestyle of inevitable circumstance like genes. However, according to a study of some researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., and colleagues at Sanoa Consulting LLC, Muscle Shoals, Ala., and the New York University College of Dentistry, men remains avoidant in terms of cancer screenings. The study was financed by National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research/National Institutes of Health and done at New York City, Baltimore, Maryland and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The subjects of the said study are 1,148 adult African Americans, whites, and Puerto Rican Hispanics who were randomly asked questions though telephone survey. The main purpose of the study is to improve the promotion of health and prevention of cancer among the people. Also, by this research, they have gained the opportunity to know the different beliefs, values and attitudes of both male and female towards cancer screening. Study corresponding author Jenna L. Davis, M.P.H., of Moffitt’s Department of Health Outcomes and Behavior noted that after the study was conducted, it should really be one of the focuses of health promotion and cancer prevention that men is on top of the list.

By this, men will be awaken to the importance of undergoing cancer screenings just like women does. However, according to co-author B. Lee Green, Ph.D., Moffitt senior member and the vice president of Moffitt Diversity, men’s cancers are less likely being advertized in the media unlike to those of the females, like cervical cancer and the likes. Also, she commented that commercials, fund raisings as well as government agencies favors the health programs of men than women (without actually blaming).

Women are noticed to visit their primary doctors regularly, but with proper health teachings and education to men, they will more likely to engage in screenings as much as women does.

According to the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health, “screening can help doctors find and treat some types of cancer early. Generally, cancer treatment is more effective when the disease is found early. However, not all types of cancer have screening tests and some tests are only for people with specific genetic risks.”




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