This blog is to all my fellow men out there because October is breast cancer awareness month and I wanted to remind you that men could also have breast cancer. All people are born with breast cells and tissue, which is why men can develop breast cancer. Breast cancer in men is rare with only about one percent of cases in the United States being male but that does not mean you should not be checked. The lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is about 1 in every 1,000 U.S. men and cancer rates have remained stable over the past 30 years.
Unfortunately, men carry a higher mortality rate than women do primarily because awareness among men is much more less than it is with women. Breast cancer in men is usually detected as a hard lump underneath the nipple and areola but when many men find a lump they never assume it is cancer thus delaying their seeking treatment.
Screening for men is not like it is for women. Routine breast cancer screening is only recommended for men at high risk due to an inherited gene mutation or family history of the disease. If you know your family’s health history and know there is breast history somewhere in the history of males in your family, make sure to divulge this information to your doctor next time you are in for a check-up.
For those men out there who have experienced breast cancer, whether you yourself had the disease or a loved one in your life had it, I would encourage you to get involved this month to show support to the amazing women who have battled and continue to battle breast cancer. Wear pink, because yes it is a manly thing to do, fundraise, donate, walk for the cure, find any way to help give back to finding cures for breast cancer. This is a disease that affects more people than you know, with 1 in 7 women in Colorado dealing with breast cancer sometime in their lifetime, we also need to join the movement to find cures and help in anyway we can.
So throw on your best pink shirt or tie, make sure the women in your life get their yearly screenings and lend support anywhere you can to help combat breast cancer.