Prostate Cancer treatment side effects can be devastating for many men and the women who love them. This is often the case physically and emotionally.
This realization is a concern of one of my Canadian acquaintances, Dr. Richard Wassersug, and his colleague Dr. Irena Rot. Currently these two neurobiologists at a Nova Scotia university are conducting research about what non-specialists know about reproductive system diseases like prostate cancer and their treatment side effects.
The broad gamut of their concerns ranges from prostate cancer and testicular cancer in men, and breast, uterine, cervical and ovarian cancer in females. Among other things the researchers want to know what you know about such cancers and whether you feel there is a stigma attached to treatment side effects such as ED or scarring.
One of their hypotheses, which has been true in my experience, is that women are more aware of such health concerns than men. That’s because we men tend not to disclose our health problems or seek care as much as women do.
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It’s my hope that this study will ultimately help social scientists clarify what troubles you most about prostate cancer and other reproductive system cancers that impact on men and women. After the researchers determine how people like you feel about such matters, clinicians including doctors or sex and health educators like me will be even more effective in addressing your prostate cancer and related concerns.