Ouch! Is it time for a re-think on screening?
If a mammogram was a ‘manogram’ and if the more tender areas of a man’s anatomy had to be X-rayed by being clamped firmly between two unyielding metal plates, we believe that a man would by now have come up with a less painful method of soft-tissue screening.
October is Breast-Cancer Awareness Month, and we know breast-screening saves lives so, naturally, we are in favour of mammograms and breast-screening and grateful they are done through the NHS. But we definitely think that it is time for a rethink on design.
This thought popped into Jan’s head recently when she had a mammogram. As she stood, wincing with pain as each breast was clamped not once but twice in the vice-like grip of the machine used for screening, she decided it was about time a better machine was developed.
From that thought sprang the idea that if a mammogram was a ‘manogram’ (that is, that if men had to have the more tender parts of their anatomy screened in this way), we’re pretty sure that one of them would, by now, have invented a machine that caused less discomfort.
Obviously, we don’t have a solution because we don’t work in the fields of engineering or medical equipment, but we feel certain there’s a better way…engineers and medics, we’re throwing down the gauntlet!
Do you share our view that if men had to undergo screening with this type of equipment, they’d have come up with something less painful?