Male Breast Cancer Risk Factors
Any man can develop male breast cancer. Factors that may increase risk include:
Age: Male breast cancer is most common among men age 60–70.
Alcohol: Excessive consumption of alcohol may increase risk.
Exposure to radiation: Men who have undergone radiation treatment to the chest, such as for the treatment of cancer, are more likely to develop breast cancer.
High estrogen levels: Having a disease connected to increased amounts of estrogen in the body, such as cirrhosis or Klinefelter syndrome (a genetic disorder).
Family history: Having several female relatives who have had breast cancer, especially those with a mutation of the BRCA2 gene.
Weight: Men who are obese may be at greater risk for male breast cancer. Fat cells convert the male hormone androgen into the female hormone estrogen, which may lead to an increased amount of estrogen in the body, possibly triggering breast cancer.
If you have several male breast cancer risk factors, talk with your doctor to ensure he or she can monitor your health appropriately.
[Taken from the Cancer Treatment Studies of America pages]
Real Men wear PINK
they also check themselves to be sure that they are in great shape, that they are taking care of self with care, with preventative care and screenings, yes that means
Breast, colon, prostate exams.
All those things that seem embarassing
But take heart men,
at least you do not have to go through the squeezing of the mammograms for your most private of parts, and I am certain that will be a relief, yet you will never really know just what a relief it really is!
^ Nuff said ^
As Breast Cancer Awareness Month continues
and we find more and more places are willing to provide mammograms for free or reduced rates; it is time to be proactive.
To step up and take control of your health and well-being while spreading the word to others to schedule those annual check-ups
The John W. Nick Foundation was created in memory of a man who died at 58 years old of Breast Cancer in 1991.
He was ignored by his physician it seems back then in a state where Breast Cancer was rampant in women in Long Island NY, yet little was known of men then; his daughter and wife and son began this foundation to honor him, to remember him and to create awareness of the very reality of Men and Breast Cancer in 1995.
John Nick, his family and physician did not know then… they did not realize the family history and its impact on men.
We’ve come a long way in this fight and war on Breast Cancer.
Spread the story, tell all you know
to self check, to talk to their physicians and to make their family histories known.
To continue the conversations until they are heard by physicians even if it means finding a physician that “gets it”.
Breast Cancer nor any Cancer discriminates
against age, gender, political views or even those with great love and behavior.
remarkable and beautiful
and together we stand with and for them
Walk in Beauty
- Hot Guys Gets Women to Touch Their Breasts (adrants.com)
- Seeing Pink (aprilandjoseph.typepad.com)
- FatCow Web Hosting Supports Breast Cancer Awareness for the Sixth Consecutive Year (prweb.com)