There are currently virtually no fundraising campaigns for men and cancer. I want to help change that.
‘Rise Up!’ is a campaign that originates in this fact, as well as the fact that disease is often passed over in silence by men. Men also find it difficult to consult their GP, which contributes to the lack of discussion and taboo.
There are countless calls for men from their wives or other relatives to consult their GP, but it turns out that men have difficulties in a consultation.
But why is it that hard for men to consult the doctor? There are several reasons for this. For some, there is a real fear of a diagnosis, which can lead to thoughts of loss of masculinity and/or that others may perceive the man as weak.
Many men identify themselves through their achievements and their jobs, and the prospect of not being able to perform is equated with loss of identity, and this can deter men from consulting the doctor.
Others have a trivial threshold, which – in the eyes of others – seems quite unreasonably high.
Then there is the systemic factor, which is probably rather overlooked, of the way in which we have organised our hospital system. It seems cumbersome and very time-consuming to have to consult their GP with a lot of waiting time (which is seen as wasted time), and it is not considered very efficient.
At the same time, as many men feel that they are busy in their daily lives, wasted time is seen as annoying and contributes to postponing visits to their GP.
At the same time, men are quite good at not going around worrying and ‘feeling’ all the time, and as long as it does not directly inhibit the man, he may well ‘forget’ the need to consult his GP.