Male Breast Cancer Awareness
Male breast cancer. Male breast cancer? Male breast cancer! The same three words but different reactions. Being that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, I was moved to write about this often minimized fact- men can have breast cancer also. It exists and is powerful. How do I know you may ask? I know because I am the grandaughter of a victim. I say victim because at the young age of 66 my beloved grandfather lost his four year long battle to breast cancer.
We as women are urged by our doctors to get annual breast exams and mammograms on top of the monthly self exams we are told to perform. Early detection is crucial. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said bout men.
Statistically, their are only about 1 out of 1000 men who will be diagnosed with male breast cancer. Each year roughly over 2200 men are diagnosed amd out of those over 400 of these men will fall victim to this sikent lesser known male disease. Only about 1% of cancer diagnises are for male breast cancer. The problem is that since breast cancer is perceived as a female disease, by the time it is diagnosed it has already spread to vitsl organs already. Now to some this is not alot.Some may argue thzt its not enough of a number to educate men to check themselves also. Some may write this disease off as a "you have a better chance of getting hit by a car than being diagnosed with male breast cancer." These statements may have some significance, except for the fact that their are over 400 grieving families left without their loved one because of non education on this disease. This woild mean thousands each year could possibly save their loved one from death if only their was more spoken about male breast cancer. Wives may not be widowed, children and grandchildren may still have their fsthers and grandfathers, tears may be gone.
I am not sayi g this disease would be eradicated. All I am saying is that I believe that a brighter light shined on tbis subject would help. It's great to see how aware and educated the general public is on breast cancer in general. From the many commercials and billboards to the marathons and funding drives. It is all excellent. I just wish their would be something informing men that they too are susceptible to this disease.
Yes these numbers are small, but to some of us these numbers have names and cherished beloved memories to go Long with them. Memories that we cannot have back.
Please inform the males that you know. Please join the fight against male and female breast cancer.