I feel that women are more inclined to speak freely and openly regarding issues, concerns, etc regarding illness and their feelings. And also that many of the men that we are talking about are the CC patients and almost all of them have spouses (female) as their caretakers.
Men typically do not discuss illness in an open forum and they typically do not even like to go to a doctor even when they are ill.
Whereas women are nurturers by nature and women bear the children therefore we have no choice but to go to doctors for that 9 month period. Women like to get feedback and learn and we also seek support from our peer groups (as we learned to do at a very young age).
Most men are taught by their parents that they need to 'hold their feeling inside' rather than to let others know their feelings.
Take for instance, a baby girl falls down and get hurt and starts crying. She is picked up and cuddled and soothed almost instantly by both father and mother....so we learn at an early age that it' ok to cry and it's ok to seek comfort....
a baby boy falls down and gets hurt and starts crying....the parents may pick him up but he does not get treated the same as a baby girl. At times he is even told to 'shake it off' and that he is a boy and he is strong...therefore boys learn at a young age to not cry and to not show their feelings.
This does not amaze me at all that most of the posts on this site are from women. Remember we are the nurturers!