Breast Cancer Can Affect Men Too?
Most people don’t know that breast cancer can affect men too. Though it is rare, if you have certain genes you are at a higher risk.
SNN News interviewed Gregory Katz whose life changed about 3 months ago when he found out he had breast cancer.
“My dog jumped on my chest, and I felt a little lump or something that was abnormal,” Katz said. He says he didn’t think anything of it, until his doctor suggested he get a mammogram, then a biopsy. He was diagnosed with breast cancer and had his right breast completely removed. Just ask Cancer Center of Sarasota-Manatee Medical Director, Dr. Steven Mamus, who’s been an oncologist for 36 years.
“A patient with male breast cancer, if they give a history of prostate cancer or pancreatic cancer in the family, that should be a red flag,” Dr. Mamus said. Katz says his cancer is Stage 2. He’s a few weeks into chemotherapy and trying to stay positive.
“Male breast cancer with BRCA1 or BRCA2, you have a much higher risk of developing breast cancer of the opposite breast, and there’s also the potential worry of prostate cancer or pancreatic cancer,” Dr. Mamus said.“If you see anything that looks like a lump, get it checked out as soon as possible,” Katz said.