Wendy Moss| HealthGreatness

Most people consider breast cancer to be strictly a women’s disease. Contrary to popular belief, breast cancer also strikes men. Depending on what organization you refer to, upwards of 2000 cases of breast cancer are reported each year in men. The symptomology and treatment options are much the same as they are for women. In aggressive forms of the disease, breast tissue must be removed, just as a woman’s breasts would be removed.

Women vs Men

Because men don’t consider themselves a likely target for breast cancer, they may wait an extremely long time before getting checked out. Women are encouraged to perform monthly breast exams in addition to getting a yearly mammogram. Men have very little breast tissue so getting a mammogram may be quite difficult, not to mention extremely painful. They can, however, perform the monthly breast exams and report findings to their physicians.

If a lump is found, the doctor has other ways of checking it to find out whether or not it is cancer. Both women and men must go through the same steps if a lump is found. If a man finds a lump, it is important that he does not wait to get it checked out. Over 400 men each year die from breast cancer, even though it is curable in many cases.

Famous Men With Breast Cancer

Richard Roundtree, George Lucas and Peter Criss, the famous drummer from Kiss are all breast cancer survivors. Both men and women who have a history of breast cancer in their family, should get evaluated by their physician so they know just what type of risk they have. Women should encourage their husbands, boyfriends, fathers and sons to check themselves regularly for lumps and other signs of irritation.

It is important to know the signs of breast cancer and monitor your breasts on a regular basis. A few of the most common signs of breast cancer are:

  • Irritation
  • Itching
  • Swollen nipples
  • Bleeding nipples
  • Red nipples that change color or texture

Any noticeable changes in breast tissue should be reported to your physician. If you have any questions about what to look for, always call your doctor. Breast cancer does not discriminate and can affect both men and women equally.