The Male Breast  Cancer Blog

by HIS Breast Cancer Awareness

September 2, 2020

Breast cancer in males is a rare occurrence: less than 1% of all breast cancer cases occur in men. For men, the lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer is about 1 in 833. However, just because it is rare doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, and learning the facts and statistics about this condition can save lives.

Breast cancer may be considered by most as a female-only disease: after all, men don’t have breasts, right? Well, the truth is, all humans have breast tissue. The hormones in a wo...

 How Good Nutrition Can Support Your Breast Cancer Treatment

When undergoing breast cancer treatment, ensuring that your body is well equipped to fight and handle the side-effects of treatment is essential. An individualized nutrition plan can be particularly helpful in supporting and complementing your breast cancer treatment plan. Of particular importance to this is developing a clear understanding of the food types which can offer the most benefit.

The Benefits Of A Healthy Diet

Eating the corre...

10 Ways to Show a Terminal Family Member That They Are Not a Burden

According to research, as many 65% of people who are terminally ill feel that they're a burden to others, and those feelings can add to their suffering. When caring for terminal patients it’s important to see to more than their physical needs. You also should consider their emotional needs and offer assurance they are not a burden.

Showing a terminal family member that they are loved and appreciated rather than an encumberment is...

At the beginning of the most recent coronavirus outbreak, most of the population assumed this was a new virus that no one has ever dealt with before. While COVID-19 is a new strain, coronavirus is not a new virus. The good news is that scientists and doctors know more about this pandemic than originally thought. The hard part has been stopping the spread and caring for the severely ill patients fighting the disease.


Another thing to keep in mind is that out of the three most recent strains of co...

April 17, 2020

According to the US National Cancer Institute, cancer mortality is higher among men with a rate of 196.8 per 100,000 compared to 139.6 among women. With the rising awareness about the disease and men’s susceptibility to it, they are also exerting their effort to cancer prevention. It includes having annual checkups, maintaining a healthy body and shifting to anti-cancer diets.They are also checking on their daily routines and making adjustments just in case there are some activities that ex...

March 19, 2020

Since the 1970s, male breast cancer cases have risen from 0.86 cases per 100,000 men to 1.2. Deaths relating to air pollution are rising too. Vox reports that there were almost 10,000 more deaths caused by air pollution in 2018 than there were in 2016. This, therefore, highlights the serious impact that air pollution has on the nation’s health. But most importantly, it begs the question: is air pollution contributing to the growing number of males being diagnosed with breast cancer?

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As a cancer survivor, do we live in fear of a virus too? As a survivor there are the constant thoughts and worries about recurrence or worse, metastasis. As a BRCA mutation carrier (or any hereditary genetic mutation), there are days of fear with a greater risk of a new diagnosis. These bring a challenge to every minute, hour and days of our life.  How does this compare to the fears of the Coronavirus? 

While flying home from vacation with my brother Harvey and our spouses, a trip we enjoy t...

December 17, 2019

When people talk about terminal cancer, there is one thing you usually don’t hear about – the financial burden. A terminal cancer diagnosis is surrounded by emotions and sadness; the last thing you probably want to think about is how to handle the financial considerations that come along with this diagnosis. However, ignoring the financial implications and avoiding the topic will not make the situation better, and can actually lead to more negative emotions down the line. No one wants to be hand...

November 22, 2019

Deciding Which Care Option in Right for Older Men with Breast Cancer

Although men of all ages can have breast cancer, it is most common to receive this diagnosis after the age of 70. This means that in addition to the challenges of aging, these individuals must also learn to cope with the stress of breast cancer treatments. One area in which this can cause significant complications is an elderly individual’s living arrangements. Prior to having the condition, a particular type of living arrangeme...

Every year, 60,000 cancer patients in the US are hospitalized because their reduced number of white blood cells could not stand up to an infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chemotherapy is vital for fighting male breast cancer, but it can damage the patient's immune system by reducing their white blood cell count, a condition referred to as neutropenia. Low white blood cell count makes the body more susceptible to illnesses, and increases the severity of sympt...

Breast cancer is a subject that women are prepared to discuss because it affects roughly one in 10 women throughout their lives. Men, on the other hand, face this disease far more infrequently. In 2018, roughly 2,550 cases of male breast cancer diagnoses occurred and 480 deaths.

A breast cancer diagnosis isn’t easy for anyone—even more so for males who don’t know if Medicare will cover a typically female disease. Ultimately, however, Medicare covers male breast cancer very similarly to the way it...

Is your glass half full or half empty? Do you find something positive no matter what or only have negative thoughts? Does the way you think have an effect on your health?  POSITIVELY!

This is an easy question for me to answer personally. I have always been a “glass half full” kind of person.  No matter how bad you think things are or can be, there is always something good if you search hard enough. I may not always like what is going on around me, but I know deep down, there is also somethin...

Male breast cancer is unlike other cancers in that it carries a stigma for many who are diagnosed with it. A big reason for this is that breast cancer is seen as a female disease and this can lead to the feeling of shame for men who have it. It is also true that there is a lot less support for men with breast cancer than there is for women, leading to many men feeling isolated. This in turn is leading to men shying away from getting the treatment or support they need.

One reason that many men m...

I was filled with emotion when asking my three sons to share what they remember when I told them I carried the BRCA genetic mutation and how it affected them...

My oldest son Sam- “I recall a sense of relief on one hand as I finally knew there was some logical explanation as to why the cancer kept coming back, at the same time, the relief quickly turned to fear and uncertainty, mostly surrounding the fact that there was no cure or preventative solution for this issue you and potentially others i...

August 28, 2018

Organizing An Event To Raise Awareness Of Male Breast Cancer

Increasing public awareness of male breast cancer is key to lowering its occurrence in men. It’s down to the current lack of awareness that men are much less likely to detect breast cancer early on — meaning it therefore has a 25% higher mortality rate than female breast cancer, Johns Hopkins Medicine explains. Getting involved and educating people on the signs and symptoms of male breast cancer has never been more important. Join us in...

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