A Father’s Day Thought: Men and Breast Cancer

PJ Hamel Health Guide June 17, 2012
  • “Breast cancer in men” seems an oxymoronic phrase, but it’s a sad truth: men do get breast cancer, and usually fare worse than women after being diagnosed. This Father’s Day, think about whether your breast cancer experience translates into increased risk for the men in your l...

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  • Phyllis Johnson
    Health Guide
    Jun. 18, 2012

    Thanks, PJ.  Even though I know men can get breast cancer, it hadn't occurred to me to talk to my son the way I talked to my daughter.  I'm not sure if he knows to mention my cancer to his doctor on his health history.

    Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is unusual; male breast cancer is rare.  Yet in one of the on-line support groups I belong...

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    Thanks, PJ.  Even though I know men can get breast cancer, it hadn't occurred to me to talk to my son the way I talked to my daughter.  I'm not sure if he knows to mention my cancer to his doctor on his health history.

    Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is unusual; male breast cancer is rare.  Yet in one of the on-line support groups I belong to, we have a woman with IBC whose husband developed it several years after she did.  Because there is no blood relationship and their doctors have never seen a husband/wife occurence of IBC, researchers are taking a look at them to see if environment may have played a role.