This informative web site was created to assist men and women (girlfriends, wives, sisters & brothers, mothers & fathers, and friends), health care professionals, and anyone who is interested in learning about the risk, treatment(s), emotional aspect and stigmatism of men dealing with this disease.
We also want to make available the information we have gathered over the years to aid in living a healthier lifestyle from ways of dealing with stress, getting enough exercise to the foods we eat and the supplements we take to support our body.
Created in 2009 because we found it difficult to obtain information regarding information specific to Breast Cancer in Men even though several other female and immediate family members have lived with and dealt with Breast Cancer.
We are a brother and sister who have both been diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
Our family history has been affected by several different types of cancer over the years. Breast cancer has affected our Aunt who was diagnosed in 1988, our mother in 1995 and then 1 month later in 1995, Vicki was diagnosed with the first of 4 bouts over an eleven year span. In 2008 Harvey was diagnosed as well.
We are both BRCA 2 Positive.
We have 5 children between us and ALL ARE BOYS! Because each of our son's has a 50/50 chance of also being BRCA 2 Positive, our goals are to create a life where this disease does not exist or can be easily managed or personally avoided by their day to day lifestyle.
Harvey I. Singer
In October of 2008 and after ignoring some basic signs and symptoms for about 4 months, I was officially diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Even though my younger sister had lived with Breast Cancer and three recurrences of it and had been genetically diagnosed as BRCA 2 positive, I was still shocked that I, a 54 year old male, could contract this disease.
Three weeks later I had a complete mastectomy of my left breast. Subsequent Chemotherapy treatments incurred followed up by Genetic testing, Tamoxifen Therapy and precautionary MRI's and Mammograms
From my Internist to my Surgeon and continuing on with the three Oncologists that I met with, the lack of definitive information and lack of a true and consensus direction forced me to question almost every decision I needed to make. Ultimately, I had to make these decisions and my research and "gut" had to be the key determinants. You MUST BE YOUR OWN PERSONAL ADVOCATE, when dealing with these decisions. Only time will dictate if they were the right decisions.
Today I am healthy and possibly in the best shape of my life ( or at least since I was in college). I have totally altered my Eating Habits and Diet. My Exercise schedule. My Work discipline and in general, how I live day to day. I live with the fear of recurrence as all Breast Cancer and I'm guessing any other type of Cancer patients do, but I am doing everything possible and in my power to insure that this disease does not come back.
I am married 30 years to an amazing woman (Donna) who stood beside me throughout my treatment process. She is my Rock! Together, we have 2 grown boys, Matthew and Jameson who are college graduates and professionals living in the Northeast, U.S.
I am a proud graduate of Temple University with a B.S. in Journalism.
After running my wife's family uniform business for 22 years, five years ago I left the family business and joined an international manufacturer of Culinary and Hospitality Uniforms. Today, I am the Vice-President of Sales and National Accounts for the Eastern U.S. This job forces me to travel fairly extensively, which tests my ability to keep to my dietary and exercise regimens, BUT I DO. I HAVE TO!
Once back to normal health, Vicki and I vowed to find a way to inform and educate other men who are facing or are at high risk to face, Male Breast Cancer.
Vicki Singer Wolf
I was born and raised in Philadelphia in a family of 5 that included 2 older brothers. In college I studied Physical Education at Temple University and was always a health conscious person. I married my husband (Gary Wolf RPh.) at the age of 21 and began working with him as we grew his family business into a chain of drug stores. At 23 I gave birth to our oldest son. Four years later I gave birth to identical twin boys. I have been surrounded by the male gender my whole life (including several male dogs).
When I was approaching 35 years of age, I had my first baseline mammogram since I had a maternal aunt who had breast cancer along with a mastectomy. At 36, my mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer and I was reminded that it was time for my annual mammogram. One month following my mother, I too was diagnosed with breast cancer. Over a span of eleven years I had 4 positive breast cancer diagnosis, 7 surgeries on one breast, centinal lymph node tested and was treated with radiation and Tamoxifen.
When we met with my breast surgeon after my second reoccurrence (18 months after my original diagnosis) we asked "what can "we" do"? The answer at that time was, "we will keep a close watch and have a mammogram every 6 months". We decided that was not enough, and after a great deal of research, realized there are things that we can do to help ourselves. My husband and I sold our chain of drugstores and went into the business of a health food store. Our lifestyle changed to organic foods, a better exercise regimen, ways to reduce our stress and a full regimen of nutritional supplements.
After my last bout, I decided to go for genetic testing and was diagnosed with the BRCA2 gene mutation. I then had a full hysterectomy due to a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer. Sharing this information with my husband, sons and brothers, at that moment it was obvious that all of our lives would change from this point forward. Although it is not "recommended" that my sons be tested for the gene until they are older and/or are ready to settle down and begin a family this does not mean we should ignore the obvious either. Having one of my brother's diagnosed with breast cancer and also test positive for the BRCA2 gene, only reiterates our strong beliefs.
For my brothers, sons, nephews, and someday grandchildren, it became apparent that HIS breast cancer awareness is truly needed and is a very important foundation to me. Modah Ani "I am thankful" that we have been given the opportunity to take something bad and turn it in to something good.
We continue to live our lives by making the best choices we can. We do not have total control of our health, especially due to our genetic make-up, but we do have options and so do you.
Medical Advisory Board
Our Advisory Board is made up of professionals who volunteer their time to review, supply and confirm the information available through HIS Breast Cancer Awareness is accurate and up to date. With the assistance of this board, we are able to provide reliable information to assist our readers both through our web site, print and various publications. Learn more about the HIS medical advisory board here.