Medical man caves?

Driving home from work a couple of days ago, I was listening to the radio broadcaster discuss a new addition to Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.

What is this new addition, you ask?

None other than a medical man cave.

Man Cave Health is “is working to save lives and preserve the quality of men’s lives by promoting the importance of identifying prostate cancer at its earliest stages and, with our healthcare partners and professionals, providing baseline PSA testing and consultation. We are committed to supporting men, their families and communities as they manage their health and wellness,” the website says.

The radio broadcaster, when discussing this new addition to the hospital, explained that the Man Cave atmosphere is intended to encourage men to have regular prostate exams done to ensure early diagnoses and effective treatment.

As you can see in the header image above, the Man Cave resembles a sports bar, if you will, and is equipped with leather chairs, athletic paraphernalia, for example, hockey sticks, helmets, large televisions playing sports games, and signed jerseys. You can take a virtual tour of the Cave here.

The website further states how “prostate cancer is something no man should go through alone and at Man Cave Health, we’ve made it our mission to make sure no one does. In partnership with the Department of Urology at the Mount Sinai Health System, the Man Cave is a unique patient care model that’s needed now more than ever. Combining educational resources, emotional support and the latest in prostate cancer early diagnosis and treatment, the sports-themed facility will be a place a man can feel at ease, complete with a team of friends, medical professionals, educators and advocates ready to help him tackle this disease . . . and beat it.”

Can I be a pessimist for a second and point out how ridiculous this seems in the broad scheme of things?

I have never heard of a Woman Cave to make women feel comfortable when they’re dealing with breast or ovarian cancer. Or when they’re recovering/inquiring about a hysterectomy. Or when they’re menstruating. Or when they’re going through menopause.

If men can attend this snazzy, sports-themed Man Cave at Mount Sinai hospital, why can’t women enjoy the same luxuries when undergoing medical checkups, exams, or treatments?

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