Breast cancer can often be emasculating and embarrassing for male sufferers. The illness is more commonly developed in women and as a result male sufferers can feel out of place and alone.
Due to the greater amount of female sufferers women have become the main focus for campaigns and information resources. This can often leave men misinformed and oblivious to the fact that they face similar breast cancer symptoms.
Rick Martin Bacon, aged 52, is an example of this. Rick ignored his symptoms for a whole year before seeking professional diagnosis in 2014. Despite showing symptoms of breast cancer such as breast swelling and nipple discharge, he underplayed his illness as he thought it was unlikely to be anything serious.
Rick is one example of a man putting off immediate healthcare, but are men generally poor at seeking medical treatment? If so why?
In this video we explore the difficulties of engaging men with healthcare and speak to Male Cancer Nurse Specialist Robert Cornes from Orchid Male Cancer Charity.