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Angelina Jolie’s Double Mastectomy – A Guy’s View

The buzz story today was about Angelina Jolie’s decision to get a double mastectomy without having cancer. There are a lot of opinions flying around, but allow me to add my two cents.

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Honestly, I was a little hesitant to write about this subject. I kept saying “you have no right to have an opinion about this. You’re a dude.” (Even though men battle breast cancer.) Allow me to voice my opinion from the point-of-view of a guy.

Boobs are awesome.

No, I’m not finished yet.

As glorious as boobs are, women are even better. Guys can get by without breasts, but without women, most of us would end up lost and very confused. You know that phrase “behind every great man, there’s a great woman?” It’s true.

So the way I look at it, anything that one does to prevent this disease is a good idea. Period.

Making any decision regarding this topic is sensitive, personal and unique to the individual. Hear me out as I look at the positive of this story, which is usually not my way.

Not everyone has the means to get the test that Angelina got. Why? Good question. Instead of bickering over bravery or necessity, maybe we can let this open up the discussion of the fact that the insured and non-insured should have some preventative care.

There can never be too much dialogue about breast cancer. Talking can lead to good ideas and positive acts.

On a personal note, I never met my Grandmother. She passed away not too long before I was born. She had breast cancer. She knew and said nothing. She was embarrassed to go to the doctor. Granted this was back in the 70s and she was from a different generation. I wish she had gotten checked and had a fighting chance against her battle. I would’ve liked to meet her.


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