The Pink unicorns is the story of my journey through breast cancer. Yes, with breast cancer. No not bone cancer or prostate cancer. Breast cancer, you know, all that Pink Ribbon stuff.
why publish a book
The treatment of Cancer is truly holistic. It is very individual in how it affects each person and their world. I don’t intend this story to be about the various cancer treatments. Just mine and how I experienced it.
Why a unicorn? The unicorn is a mythical beast. We male breast cancer survivors are truly mythical; the majority of people don’t know or believe we exist. We are so rare that some doctors don’t even consider breast cancer as a male diagnosis. Misdiagnosis may be as high as 40%
0.9% of breast cancer cases is a man. This all means about 2000 Americans, 400 British, 100 Dutch and 40 Swedish men per year will be told” you have breast cancer” the majority will be in the late stage 3 or too late stage 4 the disease having already spread into the body when they present. A quarter will die from the disease. I don’t know if I should belong to the 400 British or the 100 Dutch. It doesn’t really matter.
Relatively spoken more men die from breast cancer than women. 25% as opposed to 19%. This while the disease is easier to detect by men and easier to treat. Cancer travels through the body much quicker by men. Therefore, early detection is vital but how can there be early detection if men don’t even know they can get the disease?