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Breast Cancer in Men

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With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’d like to highlight the men that are affected by breast cancer and provide information about male breast cancer. male breast cancer   All people, whether male or female, are born with some breast cells and tissue. Even though males do not develop milk-producing breasts, a man’s breast cells and tissue can still develop cancer. Even so, male breast cancer is pretty rare, especially compared to the cases of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer in men is usually detected as a hard lump underneath the nipple and areola. Men carry a higher mortality than women do, primarily because awareness among men is less and they are less likely to assume a lump is breast cancer, which can cause a delay in seeking treatment.  Breast Cancer Types in Men Of the men who develop breast cancer, the vast majority of those cases are Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma (IDC), which means cells in or around the ducts begin to invade surrounding tissue. Very rarely, a man might be diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer, or Paget disease of the nipple. Signs & Symptoms Male breast cancer can exhibit the same symptoms as breast cancer in women, including a lump. Anyone who notices anything unusual about their breasts, whether male or female, should contact their physician immediately. Survival rates and treatment for men with breast cancer are very similar to those for women. Early detection of breast cancer increases treatment options and often reduces the risk of dying from breast cancer. If you or your loved one thinks they may have male breast cancer, speak to your doctor right away.

Be Breast Cancer Aware this October

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Breast Cancer Awareness Month Pink ribbons. Pink shoe laces. Pink t-shirts. Pink. Pink. Pink. Pay attention to the pink because there is generally are story behind the pink. And more than likely it has to do with a person or loved one being affected by breast cancer. One in every eight women have breast cancer in their lifetime.  Help us spread awareness about this all too common disease. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the U.S. and the second leading cause of cancer death among women. Every year, about 200,000 new cases of breast cancer are reported nationwide and more than 40,000 women die from ihe disease. Getting mammograms regularly can help prevent breast cancer. University Family Medicine Center supports breast cancer surveillance and research and provides breast exams to our patients. In 2010, an estimated 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 54,010 new cases of noninvasive breast cancer. What is Breast Cancer? Breast cancer is an uncontrolled growth of breast cells. The growth becomes uncontrollable without treatment, ultimately resulting in the formation of a tumor. A tumor can be either benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Related to this description, a cancer growth can also be noninvasive (confined to the infected area) or invasive (spread to surrounding breast tissue), which determines the severity of disease upon detection. Are you worried about breast cancer or have a family history of it? Schedule an appointment for a breast exam and talk to your doctor about how it can affect you and your family.  

National Breastfeeding Month

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Smiling mother holding baby Did you know, August is National Breastfeeding month? Breastfeeding is very beneficial to you and your baby, but is also a completely personal decision and has both pros and cons depending on your situation.   Here are a few benefits and quirky facts about breast feeding: 1. Breastfeeding can actually reduce baby’s risk of disease later in life, including:

  • Asthma
  • Crohn’s disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Hodgkin’s disease
  • Type I and II diabetes
  • Leukemia
  • Obesity
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • And more
2. Human milk boosts a baby’s immune system—helping baby fight viral, bacterial, and parasitic infections, including:
  • Respiratory infections
  • Ear infections
  • Bacterial meningitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Diarrhea
  • Common colds and flus
3. Breastfeeding reduces the mother’s risk of ovarian and breast cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis.  The longer she breastfeeds, the higher the benefit. And did you know, breastfeeding a baby girl actually reduces her lifetime risk of breast cancer by 25%? 4. Breastfeeding saves a family approximately $2 to $4 thousand dollars annually (compared to cost of formula). 5. Breastfeeding helps the mother heal faster in the postpartum, helping her uterus return to pre-pregnancy size faster and lowering overall postpartum blood loss. 6. Breastfeeding can help the mother return to her pre-baby weight.  It takes 1,000 calories a day on average to produce breast milk.  Women are advised to consume an extra 500 calories a day, and the body dips into reserves it built up in pregnancy to make the rest (it’s important to consume those extra calories or the body actually goes into “starvation mode” and holds onto the reserves). 7. Producing breast milk consumes 25% of the body’s energy; the brain only uses 20% by comparison. 8. On average, babies remove 67% of the milk the mother has available—they eat until fullness, not until the breast is emptied. 9. Almost 75% of all moms produce more milk in their right breast, whether they are right- or left- handed. 10. The mother’s body is constantly making the perfect milk for the baby.  Milk changes its nutritional profile as the baby grows (milk made for a 3 month old is different than for a 9 month old).  Milk can even change day to day—for example, water content may increase during times of hot weather and baby-sickness to provide extra hydration.   There are even more benefits to breastfeeding and it’s a great month to celebrate them. Happy Breastfeeding Awareness month!  

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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  breast-cancer-awareness-month Pink! The international color representing breast cancer awareness, and this month, October, is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This monthly awareness push is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. We have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go. With early detection, and if found is in the localized stage, the 5-year relative survival rate is 100%. Screening exams, or tests and exams used to find the disease,  find breast cancers before they start to cause symptoms (like a lump that can be felt). Early detection lets breast cancer get diagnosed earlier than otherwise might have occurred. When breast cancers are found because the patient is already having symptoms, tend to be larger and often spread beyond the breast. If found during screening exams, breast cancers are most often confined to the breast. When it’s found most often predict the prognosis for patient health outlook for a woman or man with the disease. It’s important to talk to your doctor about breast cancer and what you can do to keep up to date on screenings and early detection.