Tuesday Thoughts by YoTrip for October 16, 2012-The Silence Must Be Broken, Men And Breast Cancer (Vol.10, Iss.3)
The Silence Must Be Broken, Men And Breast Cancer
The face of breast cancer has historically been that of women, lately there has been an increase in the number of men who are diagnosed with breast cancer. The silence must be broken on men and breast cancer. Now more than ever the rising number of men who are facing breast cancer, is a call to continue to bring about awareness to all who are affected by this disease.
According to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, there will be approximately 2,190 new cases and 410 deaths due to male breast cancer in 2012. While the majority of breast cancer victims are women, there are still 1.2 men out of every 100,000 that will be diagnosed with the disease.
While survival rates are about the same for both genders, men are often diagnosed at a later age because most men don’t recognize or complain about the symptoms.
The main types of breast cancer are the same for men and women, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology. About 75 percent of the cases start in the cells lining the milk ducts and are known as ductal carcinomas. The other 25 percent are lobular carcinomas, which are cancers that begin in the lobules, or milk-producing glands. However, the majority of male breast cancer are known as infiltrating ductal carcinomas (IDC), meaning they have spread outside the duct and into the surrounding tissues.
Age is a major risk factor for male breast cancers, with the majority of cases diagnosed in men ages 65 to 75, Susan G. Komen for the Cure reported. In addition, women and men who inherited a BRCA2 gene mutation are at a higher risk, with seven percent of these men going on to develop breast cancer by the age of 70. Other risk factors include heavy alcohol use, chronic liver disease and obesity. Some hormone drugs used to treat prostate cancer and exposure to large amounts of radiation can also be a factor. http://cbsn.ws/SZN5XD
In the fight for bringing about more education, empowerment and encouragement for breast cancer awareness and how it affects men is the right reason to let the silence be broken on men and breast cancer.
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- Inflammatory breast cancers rare but often lethal (usatoday.com)
- NFL’s Breast Cancer Campaign Is Not Particularly Charitable (mediabistro.com)
- Male Breast Cancer (ganjavibes.wordpress.com)
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