If we are to achieve a richer
culture, rich in contrasting values, we must
recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities,
and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric,
one in which each diverse human gift will
find a fitting place.
— Margaret Mead
All women are at risk for breast
cancer, and men can develop the disease as
well. Some groups of people have unique challenges
facing them in regard to their breast health
and risk for breast cancer. There are resources
specifically designed or developed for these
However, within these groups
experience, needs and resources are unique.
In this section we address some of the unique
issues to consider for members of distinctive
groups such as young women, women with disabilities,
women who partner with women, and men with
Healthcare providers must be
prepared to deal with the special circumstances
of each individual person experiencing breast cancer or needing breast health
services. They must be able to assess, support, refer and intervene for women
(and men) of all ages, physical and mental ability levels and sexual orientations.
In addition, men should not be overlooked as another important group requiring
individualized services for breast cancer in a culture that regards breast
cancer primarily as a woman’s disease.
check other sections in the Resource Directory
for further information about breast cancer
diagnosis, treatment, support, and other
issues. Many cancer and breast cancer organizations
have resources designed especially for