Monday, April 16, 2018

Guys Are Not Immune

Faithful Reader JiEL, from Canada, after hearing an astonishing report, has asked that I remind men that they, too, can get breast cancer. While it certainly isn't as prevalent as it is in women, it can and does happen.
The saddest part is that 50% of male breast cancer patients die because it isn't caught early enough. That statistic is as true in the U.S. as it is in Canada - and I'm sure around the globe.
"There were doctors and health specialists that talked of «breast cancer» for men. Yes, that type of cancer can happen for men too.
The most bad news is that 50% of men having that type of cancer dies before having even found it on time.

Too many are looking for their balls, or prostate but not much about their «breasts». Like for women, a tumor or seeing changes in your «breast» shape as your nipples going inside are some signs something is not normal.

Yes, mister, you are a target in the same cancer as women.
Many men have some bumps, tumor in their «breast» as women but men tend to not take attention to those signs as like your nipples inverting which is another way to see your doctor to investigate.

A late survey in Canada told that 50% of men who are diagnosed with «breast cancer» dies because they didn't pay attention earlier to those signs.
As for testicules cancer, finding it in early stage of the illness can save lives.

 If your pecs appear to be turning into manboobs - and we're not talking due to weight or old age - or, you feel an odd lump, or you have pain, you have cause to get checked.

And, this interesting comment from Anonymous:

"Rare does not mean non-existent. Male breast cancer is usually the rarer BRCA2 gene, and more common in Ashkenazi Jews, just like BRCA1. But genetic testing is available."

When you do that Ball Check, give those pecs a good check as well.

Because, seriously, guys are not immune.

Do you check?


SickoRicko said...

More good advice!

Xersex said...

I read that!

JiEL said...

Thank you to give this infos to all your followers because men's health is very important.

Hope many will take the habit to check their pecs for some anomalies.

I forgot to tell you I had a friend that did have that type of breast cancer.

Take care.

A French Patrick said...

I do not see what there is of amazing in the fact that men can have a breast cancer.

I quote: "Cancer is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body. These contrast with benign tumors, which do not spread to other parts of the body."

There are parts of the body more likely to be infected, but this definition let us understand that it is all the body which can be victim of this illness.

I did not imagine that that is possible but the father of my daughter-in-law died recently from a cancer of the leg that has spread throughout the body.

Love, hugs and bisous, my darlings Jean and Pat.

Patrick said...

Sorry to hear that you are not so well at present! Do rest up as much as you need to. I'm waiting for a referral so that I can get the injection into my left hip. Great post! Very important information! Hugs!

that one guy said...

Here's a link to a story about the SCAR Project, where photographer David Jay pays tribute to the strength of those who have survived:

(the site itself actually dedicates the majority of its space to female breast cancer ---- understandably --- but does not shy away from the male version)

Jean WM said...

Always good info for male and females. Don’t ignore signals, your body does a good jobs often of trouble brewing. Hugs and bisous.

Gabriel said...

I have to admit that I don't check my chest like I do my balls, but your post is an excellent reminder to do so.

whkattk said...

@ MFP - Not amazing that men develop breast cancer - amazing that so few men are aware that it can an does happen. It wasn't that long ago when doctors themselves were confounded at this diagnosis, and insurance companies would not cover treatment for breast cancer in men - because they were men.

whkattk said...

@ JiEL - I am sorry to hear about your friend. I hope he is doing well.

Tex said...

A male friend of mine is a breast cancer survivor. The small lump was detected by his partner who encouraged him to get it checked out. He is over 10 years cancer free.

My nephew overheard me discussing this one time at a family gathering and he told me his gym teacher told them that guys don't get breast cancer. Needless to say I called the teacher and educated him on the subject. He was shocked. Then he got embarrassed that he had been teaching for years and no one had ever told him any different.

JiEL said...


Too bad you don't live in Canada and Province de Québec because we have universal health care for all and no doctors would refuse to take care of you.
Our health isn't at the mercy of any private insurance companies.
We don't discriminate men from women when health of a person is in jeopardy.
Even our prescription meds are covered by our health care national insurance.
We have a kind of «group private health care insurances» but those are just like the cherry on the Sunday to pay what you want more like a private hospital room or pay for an ambulance transport, dental care and meds.
When you work like me as a teacher or in many other jobs, those insurances a part of the supplement protection your employer pays with you.

For my friend, he did have some treatments and cure to get rid of his breast cancer. On the top, he has AIDS which didn't that much help him. With all the new meds for AIDS, he can manage to live a almost normal life.

As I read here my intervention for that issue of men breast cancer did make its way to more men.

@ A French Patrick, yes, cancer can be found in many places in the body BUT, breast cancer for men is the beginning of the illness than it spreads in all parts of the body.
In Canada, 50% of the men having breast cancer DIES because they weren't aware enough to be caught in time by a doctor.