Dear 911 Doc,
First thanks for a brilliant link relating to breast cancer in men. The best I have seen.
My question, or rather concern is well pointed out in the link "Can breast cancer in men be found early?". Here it is stated, that there are many similarities between breast cancer in men and women, but there are some important differences that affect finding it early:
1. Breast size
2. Lack of awareness
Point 2 is my concern:
if medical information to the public i.e. WebMD continues to treat breast cancer as a single sex disease the level of awareness will in my opinion remain at a low level.
I would thus like WebMED to make a commitment and in ALL information relating to breast cancer always mention the posibility of male breast cancer. As a simple example, show a picture of a man self examining his breast instead of a woman With all due respect to the fact, that in one case of male breast cancer there are 100-150 in women.
As you may have suspected I am a MD, PhD (orthopaedic surgery) with diagnosed breast cancer 3 years ago. In spite of my tumor being relatively small T1 it had quickly spread to the axillary nodes and after op with ax. clearance was graded N3 (19/22) thus I had both chemo and radiotherapy as well as hormone therapy i.e. Tamoxifen.
So far symptom free and back to work and full activities.
We really have to help uninformed men detect breast cancer EARLY as it so often spread much faster than in women.
Klas Buring MD, PhD