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 inherited the gene from my father too, who likely inherited it from his father. Dad's keeping up with his prostate exams...but my sister and I are having a hard time getting my brother over his fear of needles enough to get himself tested. Maybe our friend's diagnosis will be the nudge that he needs.