From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!
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Recently, I have noted a commercial about Men Against Breast Cancer (MABC), that advocate providing “caretakers” information to males who are taking care of their female love ones, who are diagnosed with breast cancer. How Marvelous! We cannot have enough advocacy relating to Cancer…period. Breast Cancer is leading the way in publicity, support, advocacy and outreach that should be emulated by less commonly diagnosed cancers.
What about men WITH breast cancer? Breast Cancer has been painted so pink (feminine) …that when a male is diagnosed with Breast Cancer, to some, it can be emasculating. Some have presented with advance stage breast cancer, simply because of refusal to believe that the growth on the chest was “breast cancer”…they would not have any part of that diagnosis.
So what to do? It is my belief, that ANY advocacy, publicity, support or outreach, about breast cancer should make it their responsibility to make it known that MEN ARE ALSO DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER! This would go a long way in removing the stigma.
Yes…Men do have breast. There is “under-developed” breast/fatty tissue just below the nipple area in ALL males (see diagram above). The breast growth was stunted by hormones (lack of certain hormones) during puberty. Have you noticed any men with a “little extra tissue” below the nipple area? This is called “Gynecomastia” which simply means enlargement of a man’s breast, usually due to hormone imbalance, or hormone therapy. Gynecomastia is just an overgrowth and is a benign condition (it is not malignant/cancerous) and can be seen temporarily during puberty or in overweight men.
Breast cancer in men is a rare disease. However, in 2014, about 2, 360 men are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer (<1% of total breast cancer diagnosis). Many thanks and deepest gratitude to all who support breast cancer efforts! Let us take one more step and be more inclusive of ALL breast cancer diagnosis and survivors for BOTH sexes – Men and Women!
Thank you for all you do! Until next week …
Please share with the men in your life!
Ipsa Scientia Potestas est ——— Knowledge itself is power!
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