Mar/Apr 2019 – Mighty Men

What a pleasure to celebrate the 50% of the population that often gets bad press, or no press and are most definitely not encouraged enough to screen for cancer. 

Gentlemen, know your bodies and encourage your buddies to know theirs too. Read the articles on testicular cancer; male breast cancer; the top 5 cancers in South African men and be informed about issues from ‘moobs’ to sexual health.

From Aquaman and Sam Fox to the boy next door and your dad, let us share the knowledge with them. Just as Brigham Young said, 

You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation. We, as women, have a role to play. Let’s get to it! 

Please support this amazing magazine; this proudly South African venture is a first in people cancer education.

Your Buddie for Life  

Prof Carol-Ann Benn

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My battle with gynecomastia

Peter Zulu tells us how breast surgery at Helen Joseph Hospital Breast Care Clinic changed his life after suffering with gynecomastia (enlarged breast tissue in men) for three years. Peter

My cancer has spread…Now what?

Dr Inge Kriel suggests steps to take if your cancer has metastasised (spread). The unknown Your doctor has just told you that your cancer has spread. As your mind is

Delivery of oncology medication

When facing a cancer diagnosis, the last thing you should be concerned about is whether the correct medicine for treatment, or management of pain, will be delivered. We get an

Mammogram or a Man-ogram?

Kathryn Malherbe helps us understand breast imaging for male breast cancer patients. In between our daily routine of screening mammography, occasionally we come across a middle-aged man, sitting awkwardly in


One Step At a Time Cancer Warrior Walk and Wellness Village 2019 We would like to thank all our fabulous sponsors, partners, vendors, volunteers, MCs, donors and walkers for their ...

Understanding male breast cancer

Prof Carol-Ann Benn unpacks male breast cancer. World stats of male breast cancer The occurrence of male breast cancer varies throughout the world. In the UK, the incidence is approximately 0,7% of

Nausea after chemotherapy – an underestimated clinical reality

Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting is a distressing side effect. Though, it has now been established that nausea has a greater impact than vomiting on patients’ quality of life. Teresa Smit

The Male Breast Cancer Coalition – virtual gathering place for men with breast cancer

The Male Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) is doing great work to create awareness and support for male breast cancer survivors around the world. Where MBCC started? Eight years ago, Cheri

Should we be cleaning from the inside out?

Kyara Bergstrom tells us why colonic cleansing (cleaning from the inside out) isn’t the best choice. What is a colon and what does it do? The colon is a long, muscular

Silwangaye Mpande: the madala who had breast cancer

We hear how Silwangaye Mpande found out he had breast cancer at the age of 84. Silwangaye Mpande (86) lives in Roodepoort, Gauteng with his son. He has two other daughters and three grandchildren.

10 exercises for you to try

Ronald Abvajee shares the top 10 exercises for you to try. Want to feel better, have more energy and even add years to your life? Just exercise. The health benefits of

Luminal B breast cancer: a mismatched group of baddies

We learn about luminal B breast cancer, the cancer that is the most common male breast cancer. The baddie we are talking about this time is more than a one but

Word For Word Media, the publishers of Buddies For Life and Oncology Buddies, present THE BIG C SURVIVOR’S GUIDE.

Your annual comprehensive directory of all the information that you, the patient and/or family, seek out. It is the first of its kind in South Africa.

Click on the cover to view the latest issue of Oncology Buddies and the 2019 edition of the Big C Survivor’s Guide.