Like most other cancers, breast cancer sees no gender lines; affecting both women and men.
It’s true that women are about 100 times more likely to develop breast cancer, but men also have breast tissue that can be attacked by cancer. Breast cancer in men is most common among those ages 60 to 70.
One such man is Peter Criss, the former drummer for the rock band KISS. The musician in now using his experience to pass the word on to other men, and urge them to check for lumps and get those lumps tested.
“In ’08, I was diagnosed with breast cancer… but (thanks to) my great doctor Alex Swistel and staff and the Lord above, who always looks over me, I am cancer-free today!!! I wanted to let you know men get it like women do. Don’t be afraid to let someone know if you have a lump. Do the right thing for you and your loved ones and get it checked. Man or woman, there is no discrimination with breast cancer.”
The most common sign of breast cancer for both men and women is a lump or thickening in the breast. Often the lump is painless. Other male breast cancer symptoms include:
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – celebrate by giving yourself a breast exam. I don’t see how you could possibly regret it.