Men, Body Image, and Cancer

Murray Drummond, Brendan Gough

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This chapter considers research on both topics i.e., ill health caused by men's appearance-related practices and illness-induced body dissatisfaction in men, so that health professionals can be informed about particular body image issues relevant to male cancer patient. It provides evidence to emphasize the need to understand men and their bodies in contemporary Western society generally and in the context of illness such as prostate cancer, which is the leading gender-specific cancer in men. Additionally, it is this illness that contributes to a significant degree of body image concern for those men who deal with the illness and the recovery process. Often, men's anxieties about their masculinity relate to perceptions of physical size, shape, and capabilities of the body. Research is increasingly indicating the impact of body dissatisfaction on their self-esteem and identities in men. The chapter present majors themes from men with prostate cancer that impact masculine identity and body image. A significant aspect of the body image-based issues that men with prostate cancer face is centered on the way in which the body functions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBody image care for cancer patients
Subtitle of host publicationPrinciples and practices
EditorsMichelle Cororve Fingeret, Irene Teo
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780190655617
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018


  • body image
  • cancer
  • men
  • masculinities

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    Drummond, M., & Gough, B. (2018). Men, Body Image, and Cancer. In M. C. Fingeret, & I. Teo (Eds.), Body image care for cancer patients: Principles and practices (pp. 305-319). Oxford University Press.