Every three minutes in the United States, a woman is told she has breast cancer. That translates into one in every eight American women—or over 184,000 women in 2008. There are thousands of books, Web sites, and support groups available to help women deal with every aspect of this devastating disease. But for men, there was really nothing at all for them to turn to, left to figure out how to help their loved ones – wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend or coworker—and how to deal with their own fears and frustrations—on their own.
John W. Anderson had four women in his life go through breast cancer – his wife, his mom, his sister, and his mom’s best friend. It was then that he realized that all his experiences, combined with other men’s journeys through “Cancer Land” could be of help to other men facing their own journeys. So he wrote STAND BY HER: A Breast Cancer Guide for Men which offers strategies and support on the countless minefields men face, every day, as husbands, sons, brothers, fathers, friends and coworkers of breast cancer patients. “You are about to be initiated into an exclusive men’s club, a group millions strong of men who have traveled the difficult journey you are about to undertake,” Anderson tells his readers upfront. “Welcome to the Stand by Her brotherhood.”