I’ll keep this short and to the point:
- 380 men will die from testicular cancer in 2016 in the U.S. – American Cancer Society
- 440 men will die from breast cancer in 2016 in the U.S. – American Cancer Society
- The lifetime risk for men to get breast cancer is 1 in 1,000 – American Cancer Society
Early detection of breast cancer is one of the keys to surviving the disease, whether you’re male, or female.
Monthly self-exams are a good way to detect breast cancer early.
If you are not checking monthly, perhaps an automatic email, or text reminder might be worth looking into?? Sign up for such a reminder here (I did!): https://notjustpink.org/product/monthly-self-exam-message
I survived breast cancer. I should be as rigorous as anyone when it comes to performing a “self-exam” EVERY month. …and, well, I’m not. I was embarrassed, at first, that I didn’t perform this simple exam – one of the best ways to identify breast cancer early and help survive this damn disease. To remedy this, I signed up for a monthly email/text reminder on www.NotJustPink.org, which has prodded me to check every month, without fail! Do you check every month (you don’t have to answer to me, but perhaps you might consider a regular reminder?)? …oh, and the proceeds ($12/year) go toward an awareness campaign directed at high schools and colleges! Everybody wins!
NotJustPink.org is excited to announce that we’re working with a movie production firm in San Jose, California, to produce two films, one shorter documentary about breast cancer from a male patient’s point-of-view (highlighting that early detection is one of the keys to survival for both men and women) and a longer feature film (combination of drama and comedy). The shorter film will be geared toward presentations at high schools and universities, where it will be stressed that decisions made at even a young age can and may have cumulative negative effects later in life (e.g., alcohol, drugs, sugar and stress) – part of the awareness program administered by NotJustPink. We are currently looking to raise approximately $3,000 to fund the documentary, and as such, we’re welcoming any donations, as well as any purchased subscriptions to NotJustPink’s monthly self-exam reminder email/text (https://notjustpink.org/product/monthly-self-exam-message). Please feel free to contact Eric van Gestel, NotJustPink’s CEO, directly at the following email address, should you have any questions about this initiative: Eric@NotJustPink.org.
So was I, at first… I thought, “I’m a smart guy with a Master’s degree from Yale. I can’t get breast cancer — I’m a guy! It’s a woman’s disease!” How smart I wasn’t! I detected a lump on the left side of my chest and did nothing for over 10 months. My doctor then told me that males and females, both, can get breast cancer.
The only thing that would have been really embarrassing, is if I had let it go longer…
I didn’t choose to have cancer, so the only embarrassing part of this entire process is that I chose to ignore the symptom for too long. The result was that the cancer migrated slightly to one of my lymph nodes, requiring me to receive Chemotherapy in addition to surgery. Not fun…
The only thing that would have been really embarrassing, is if I had let it go longer and ended up dying from what was very curable. So, if you detect a lump in your chest area and you’re feeling embarrassed about it, contact me and I’ll talk you through it — afterall, I’ve been there!