October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Awareness For Men
One in 833 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer. According to Breast Cancer.org, in 2019, about 2,670 men are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer.
This post is to encourage men to not neglect lumps or nipple changes of their breasts.
Men carry a higher mortality rate than women because they are generally unaware that they can have breast cancer and are more likely to delay diagnosis and thus, treatment.
Risk factors for men include exposure to radiation, high levels of estrogen, and a family history of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene.
Recently, Mathew Knowles, father and former manager of singer Beyonce, revealed he has breast cancer. Knowles, who is 67 years old, said that he has a mutated form of the BRCA2 gene. He had surgery in July and is now in recovery.
Actor Richard Roundtree, best known for his role as John Shaft in the movie 1971 movie “Shaft” was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993. Roundtree had a double mastectomy and chemotherapy. He did not reveal his cancer journey until after 5 years of being cancer free.
Edward W. Brooke was a Massachusetts Republican who in 1966 became the first Black American elected to the United States Senate since the Reconstruction. Mr. Brooke was 83 years old when he was diagnosed with breast cancer. He underwent a double mastectomy.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Peter Criss, drummer for KISS, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. Criss had surgery to remove the tumor, but did not have chemotherapy.
Cleveland Browns fullback (1962-1968) Ernie Green, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. He underwent 8 chemotherapy sessions and had a mastectomy.
These are celebrity men who disclosed having breast cancer. To hear from an everyday man, check out https://www.protectthepecs.org/my-story. Founded in 2013, Protect the Pecs is a foundation for men with breast cancer.