Chapter 6 - Challenges for Unique Groups
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 unique groups.
However, within these groups each person’s experience, needs and resources are unique. In this section we address some of the issues to consider for members of distinctive groups such as young women, women with disabilities, women who partner with women, and men with breast cancer.
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.
Please 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 specific groups.