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Man With Breast Cancer Says, “Don’t Be Embarrassed…It’s Too Important”

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Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer in Men

  • a breast mass — these are usually firm and painless, most commonly occurring below the nipple
  • skin changes (tethering)
  • nipple discharge
  • scaling of the nipple

Risk Factors for Breast Cancer in Men

  • gynecomastia (enlargement of the male breast)
  • elevated estrogen levels
  • therapeutic radiation exposure
  • Klinefelter’s syndrome
  • inherited BRCA2 mutation — males who are carriers of a deleterious BRCA2 mutation have a 6-8 percent lifetime risk of breast cancer, whereas female carriers have a risk of 50-80 percent. Dr. Radford makes it a practice to test male breast cancer patients for BRCA1/2 mutations.

Treatment for Breast Cancer in Men
“Mastectomy will be the most common surgical treatment, although breast conservation could be offered,” says Dr. Radford. “Adjuvant treatment (radiation, chemotherapy, endocrine therapy) will be decided based on stage, estrogen receptor status of the tumor, etc.”

Dr. Michael Musci, medical oncologist from Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers, adds: “The treatment protocol is slightly different for men than for women.†The surgical treatment for men is modified radical mastectomy. Women often choose lumpectomy because they want to conserve their breasts.†Men arenít usually too concerned about saving breast tissue.†Male breast cancer is most commonly treated with radiation, chemotherapy and/or tamoxifen, which is similar to treatment in females with breast cancer.”

Men can get all the same types of breast cancers that women do — progesterone receptor positive and negative, estrogen positive and negative, and HER2 positive and negative — and triple-negative breast cancer, which does not respond to hormone treatments like tamoxifen, says Dr. Musci.

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7:31AM PDT on Oct 16, 2011

MarilynNoFwdsD. is right. Alternative treatments work as SUPPLEMENTS to traditional treatments.

7:29AM PDT on Oct 16, 2011

>>It is irresponsible for anyone (Christa L) to recommend reading books on alternative treatments when they have already been diagnosed with cancer!

4:46AM PDT on Oct 8, 2011

Thank you Debra M. for I have weak inter net connections. But I will take your advice. Bear Hug!

10:41PM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

Sorry, that was meant to be "macho", typed it wrong.

10:40PM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

Never mind the "I'm a man I can hack it mucho bs" mentality, seek medical attention. Thanks.

10:34PM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

THIS IS AN IMPORTANT STORY! Breast cancer happens to MEN TOO!PLease don't WASTE TIME hoping your vegan diet, your religion OR the advice from your neighbor's cousin will CURE YOUR CANCER! GO INSTANTLY TO your Doctor. THEN if HE says it's nothing SEE ANOTHER DOCTOR.Twelve years ago, my husband,age 67, found a lump under the skin in the middle of his back. He had been in the shower and said it just "felt odd'. It was invisable but when I ran my hand across the area it felt like a small cough drop onder the skin. We went the next day to his primary physician who happened to be a CARDIOLOGIST. They said it was NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT-------"JUST A FATTY TUMOR". Three weeks later he had his annual physical which he passed with flying colors. By Three weeks after THAT "Nothing to worry about" was about the size of a plum and showed under his tee-shirt at the fitness center where we worked out three times a week. By NOW I AM WORRYING --ALOT. I made an appointment for a second opinion. THAT Doctor made an appointment for us to see an ONCOLOGIST in three days. He had a full body MRI and had CANCER EVERYWHERE. He began hospice the NEXT DAY. They did a beautiful job of keeping him relatively comfortable but he DIED THREE WEEKS LATER. PLEASE , RUN DON'T WALK TO THE DOCTOR IF YOU FIND A LUMP!! THEN SEE A SECOND DOCTOR!!

6:29PM PDT on Oct 4, 2011

Well to explain my weir last comment - for some reason, there were other comments on this article last time I read it! Care2 must've had a little glitch in the Matrix.

I have heard of people healing their cancer with raw food diet - and in fact went on it myself in order to heal chronic Candida that went into leukemia (they are finding that cancer IS candida) and the raw food diet nearly killed me - it did not heal.

I am now on an all meat and fat diet, with mostly fermented vegetables, and my blood counts go up considerably every time I visit the doctor. Eating meat and saturated fat has saved my life, and I do believe raw food kills.

Viktoras Kulvinskas who was with Anne Wigmore (listed in the below books) in researching raw food - his wife died of stomach cancer in her early 50's - not a good advertisement for raw food healing cancer.

Christa, I am glad a raw food diet has worked for you, but more and more it is showing to be a nutritionally deficient diet with serious dangers to the nervous system, to teeth and to overall energy and health. I would NOT recommend a raw food diet - although there are a handful of people who do heal cancer with it - so perhaps it is a temporary remedy for some people. I just know that it almost killed me.

3:22PM PDT on Oct 4, 2011

Where in the heck is this video y'all keep referring to? I have gone through all three pages, clicked on all of the links, and the only video is of a man talking about research into breast cancer for men - no dancing. Where is it?

6:29AM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

In regard to Christa's comment......
Reading the books is a good thing to do, as is cleaning up your diet and lifestyle and using positive visualization...BUT.....and this is a HUGE BUT...
...even Dr Weil says to go to a specialist and to use the natural alternative methods ALONG WITH conventional therapies and NEVER to rely on them ALONE!

That should have been made very clear and was not!

5:34AM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

I have gynoecomastia (enlarged breasts) and have twice been tested for breast cancer. It's not fun. Even the medical staff does a double take since it's so rare to see a man getting a mammogram, but it HAS TO BE DONE.

Don't let pride get in the way of your health and life. If you find a lump, get it tested. It's not that bad.

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