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?
I haven't had personal experience with a male having breast cancer. However, I am BRCA2+, just had a full hysterectomy and in December am having a mastectomy and reconstruction. I'm the mom of two sons. I've been told that when they get older, since both my mother and I have this mutation, that the boys should be tested as well. I think your friend should probably get tested, not only for the knowledge it would give his daughters for their lives (whether they should get tested), but also for the valuable research knowledge it provides all of us. Good luck to your friend!