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When a man is diagnosed...
by roadrunnerdm (roadrunnerdm)
at October 20th, 2006 (03:06 pm)

Breast cancer is so often thought of as a "woman's cancer"...and yet I think we all know that it is possible for men to get it too. Well, I just found out that a male friend of mine has been diagnosed with breast cancer. My sister and I are both BRCA1 positive, and we've both had our turn with cancer...and because of how very rare it is for men to get this form of cancer we of course both began to wonder if perhaps our friends is also a carrier of the gene. I'd like to encourage him to undergo the genetic test (he does have 2 daughters), and I'd also like to know if anyone else has ever had a male friend or family member experienced breast cancer. This may sound stupid, but are the treatments different for men and women? Would a man who experiences this disease have a different set of perspectives or concerns than women commonly have?

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Posted by: The Artist Formerly Known as Irish_Lily (kellygreen)
Posted at: October 20th, 2006 11:05 pm (UTC)

I'm also BRCA1 positive and while I haven't been affected by cancer (yet), the gene was passed to me by my father, not my mum, which means that he has to keep an eye out for lumps, as well as regularly be checked for prostate cancer. I would certainly advise your friend to have his daughters tested. I don't have much else to offer, and I'm very sorry to hear about your friend. I hope everything goes well with him. *hugs*

Posted by: roadrunnerdm (roadrunnerdm)
Posted at: October 23rd, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC)

Forunately, he was diagnosed at Stage 1, so his prognosis is very good. He underwent a mastectomy last week and he's feeling pretty good. Thanks for the well-wishes. I'll pass them along.

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