By Nurleena Hassan

When we say the word breast, what comes to mind? Well, obviously something that defines a woman. It can make a teenager blush or an adult woman cringe. Despite all the jokes about breasts, there’s always that lingering discomfort about them that people do not want to talk about because it makes them uncomfortable – breast cancer. The first thing that usually comes to mind is: a woman is suffering. Is this true in every case, though?

Of course not. Cancer is a monstrous occurrence that it targets no one in particular. Babies, children, teenagers and adults are all at risk in this current age. If it is breast cancer, it is usually women and if it is testicular cancer, it is usually men. But wait, a man being diagnosed with breast cancer?!?!

Yes, it does occur. Let’s get down to it. So first question usually asked is: men do not have breasts, so how can they be diagnosed with breast cancer? Ah, but men do have a tiny bit of breast tissue similar to that in a girl that has not reached puberty; hence, the shocking diagnosis of breast cancer among men. The diagnosis of breast cancer in men usually occurs around the ages of 60 and 70. According to statistics, the number of men dealing with breast cancer are definitely less than women but it does not change the fact that it occurs. What are the symptoms?

 a lump felt in the breast
 nipple pain
 an inverted nipple
 nipple discharge (clear or bloody)
 sores on the nipple and areola (the small ring of color around the center of the nipple)
 enlarged lymph nodes under the arm

So, if a man detects the symptoms of breast cancer, what should he do? See a doctor to get a diagnosis: and this is why it makes seeing a doctor a problem. We live in a society that is patriarchal; therefore, if a man has to do a mammogram or ultrasound, it hits them hard. The manliness is stripped away, leaving them bare. But seriously, is it that hard to deal with that as opposed to dying of cancer? Society needs to take a hard look at this, our narrow mindedness regarding issues that pertain to men and women are destroying lives.

Lazada Malaysia

 

In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our friends at Chill Chill will be conducting several activities to generate awareness, and funds that will be directed to the Breast Cancer Welfare Association, or BCWA.  BCWA’s mobile clinics will be stationed at Sunway Pyramid on the 8th of October 2017 and Nu Sentral on the 22nd of October 2017, and a portion of the sales of Chill Chill’s Nom Yen drink will be donated to BCWA.

Lazada Indonesia

Additionally, every valid usage of the hashtag #PINKTOBERMY on social media, RM0.50 will be contributed to BCWA, with the aim to raise RM10,000 for the cause. What are you waiting for? Join the fight today.

*featured image taken by Steve Snodgrass

The Long Goodbye

If you've been following us for a while now, you'll know The Level hasn't been what it's supposed to be for a few months now. There's a very simple reason for that - we're pulling the plug, folks. There's no easy way to eulogize your work, let alone an...

Upfront X Original Matters Presents: Unknown Mortal Orchestra Live in KL

By Salihin Rizal This is for all of you indie-psych heads! Made possible by Upfront and Original Matters, Unknown Mortal Orchestra will be holding their first ever KL live show this 25th of September at The Bee, Publika. Haven’t heard of them? Well it’s...

Interviewing Matt Preston of MasterChef Australia About Crispy Rendang

We recently had a brief talk with one of the judges on MasterChef Australia season 10 - Matt Preston. An award-winning food journalist, critic, and TV personality, Matt Preston has appeared on the series at least seven times. He also appears...

Tiffin Food Court is back!

The magical Tiffin Food Court that got prematurely halted last year over concerns about the venue is coming back, with an extended range of vendors and a brand new home! Starting this 30th August 2018, Tiffin Food Court will return at the military...

PMC drops the 1MDB Yacht Club Collection

by Maruxa Lynd You don’t have to be as rich as Jho Low to afford a yacht! Well, at least you can get a shirt with a yacht on it! PMC’s new collection features one of Jho Low’s prized possessions, his super yacht called the Equanimity. Ever since he has...

Celebrate Malaysia with Cadbury Kopi C & Datuk Lat!

By Salihin Rizal Famous for its huge bars of chocolate and the milky-ness thereof, Cadbury Dairy Milk launched its first ever localised limited-edition flavour made exlusively for Malaysians, that is the Cadbury Dairy Milk Kopi C! But wait, it gets better...

#JOMMALAYSIA: An All-Malaysian Carnival

By Salihin Rizal Hari Kebangsaan is just around the corner and I’m sure Patriotic Malaysians are feeling the ‘merdeka’ vibes already- I know I am! It is a new Malaysia, reform is in the process and back in May, Malaysians has experienced the power of...

Lawalah Familia Collaborates with Boston’s N.B.S for Lawalah Vets EP

by Maruxa Lynd Lawalah Vets EP Launch Party at Six Bangsar was a wild one filled with hard beats, fire bars and energetic crowd. The new songs performed for the first time by Lawalah Familia during the launch were greeted with overwhelming enthusiasm by...

NERDUNIT ‘s “Mindf*cked Generation” debuts in KLFW RTW

by Maruxa Lynd USA founded streetwear brand Nerdunit by Ronald Chew debuted its latest collection at Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week RTW 2018 last Friday,12th August in Pavilion KL. Boldly named “Mindf*cked Generation”, the latest ready–to–wear collection aims...

Comedy Central’s “Stand – Up,Asia!” is back for Season 3!

by Maruxa Lynd Returning with a 10-part series to air every Tuesday starting 14 August   Three cheers for Comedy Central's original series, Comedy Central Stand-Up, Asia!, cause it’s back for its third season, premiering this 14th of August! The series,...