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Male Breast Cancer

Male Breast Cancer cells affects approx 2,030 males each year.

male breast cancer.thumbnail Male Breast CancerWhen Thurston Murray was diagnosed with breast cancer back in 1983, there was nothing more than a small medical journal available on the subject, a study conducted on 12 men in Southern Africa who had breast cancer.

At the time there was very little information, there simply had not been enough recorded cases of male breast cancer to offer Thurston Murray and advice, cancer of the breast had always been regarded as a female condition and many males did not want to talk about it, especially once diagnosed.

Murray first found something wrong after returning home from a jog, crossing his arms over his chest he noticed a leakage on his left side. At first Murray though nothing of it, after a week passed and the leakage was still there, he visited a family physician, who told him, “Maybe it’s a cyst, because men don’t get breast cancer.”

After one more week, a hard lump had formed. Murray decided he should go to a local radiologist who had experience working with women with breast cancer. The radiologist gave him a mammography-type thermography test, where a heat plate was placed over his chest and would show the “hot” or potentially cancerous areas. As soon as the results were visible it was clear Mr. Murray had breast cancer.

Murray went into surgery for a modified radical mastectomy, which removed four nodes on the left side of his chest. He also found out that he had stage II infiltrating ductal carcinoma. The removed tumor had microscopic cancer cells within it.

After his successful operation Murray has tried to help educate other men about the disease. He is featured on the American Cancer Society Web site and has spoken to the Susan B. Komen Foundation about the speedy releases following a mastectomy.

In a recent interview he said,

“Times have changed, when I had it, no one was speaking out about it or talking about it. There was no site around devoted to male breast cancer. The Internet has broadened people’s knowledge.”

Today the percentage of breast cancer in males is still less than 1% affecting approx 2030 males each year, however with thanks to people like Mr. Murray, there is now more information available on the subject and doctors worldwide are more aware of the symptoms and dangers of male breast cancer.

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