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#3: “Wait, I can get Breast Cancer TOO?!”



“Steve Del Gardo was scrubbing himself in the shower-the same way he had countless other times-when he felt something in his left breast. “I was soaping up my chest and was like ‘What the heck?’ He recalls.”

Source: “The Lump In My Left Breast-Steve’s Story of Survival” - Everydayhealth.com


Good Morning Gentlemen and Happy #MenMonday! And yes I said it, MEN CAN HAVE BREAST CANCER TOO! I did shed some light on it on #WW a few weeks ago in the honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But I want to shed MORE light on it because breast cancer doesn’t only per to women, but it also to pertain to men. It’s RARE that it can happen to a man, but it’s POSSIBLE and YOU can be one of them who can be diagnosed with breast cancer. There is an article about an ordinary man named Steve Del Grado who learned that he was diagnosed with breast cancer. He shared his story in this article of how he learned how he had breast cancer and continuously sharing his story with thousands of men to bring awareness in hope that they would be proactive about their health regarding breast cancer. He even started an organization he calls Protect the Pecs to raise money for studies on male breast cancer. He's also working to improve the experience for men diagnosed with breast cancer, based on his personal story. Check it out his story here: https://www.everydayhealth.com/news/lump-my-left-breast-steves-story-survival/


 

ANATOMY 101

All people, where male or female, are born with some breast cells and tissue. Even though males do not develop milk-producing breasts, a man’s breast cells and tissue can still develop cancer.


Breast cancer in men is usually detected as a hard lump underneath the nipple and areola. Men carry a higher mortality than women do, primarily because awareness among men is less and they are less likely to assume a lump is breast cancer, which can cause a delay in seeking treatment.


SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

Male breast cancer can exhibit the same symptoms as breast cancer in women, including a lump. Anyone who notices something unusual about their breast, whether male or female, should contact their physician immediately. Survival rates and treatment for men with breasts are very similar to those for women. Early detection of breast cancer increases treatment options and often reduces the risk of dying from breast cancer.


Male Breast Cancer Warning Signs:

Lump

Nipple Discharge

Reddening

Inversion of the Niple

Skin Dimpling

So ask yourself men, did you check your breast lately?



RESOURCE:

National Breast Cancer Foundation, INC.


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