The News Courier
Guys, we like to show off our pecs.
You know, when we stick out our chest as a sign of our manliness.
However, below that preening a life-threatening disease could be hiding.
Yes, breast cancer. The killer of nearly 40,000 women per year.
Sure, breast cancer in men is rare — just 1 percent of all breast cancer cases in the U.S. So, naturally, when guys are first diagnosed with it, many are shocked.
And that’s understandable because, after all, breast cancer is a women’s disease.
Breast cancer doesn’t recognize genders. It doesn’t care if you’re a man or a woman. This is a deadly disease and shouldn’t be taken lightly.
This is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it’s important that guys become aware of this killer.
Fortunately, there are warning signs:
• You feel a lump, a hard knot or swelling in your chest area.
• The skin on your chest dimples or puckers.
• Your nipple pulls in toward your chest wall.
• You see any redness or scaling on your nipple.
• There is a discharge coming from your nipple.
If you have any of these symptoms, see a doctor. Don’t be embarrassed about it.
Also, don’t be “macho” and believe that “I can’t have breast cancer. I’m a guy.”
This is no time to worry about your manliness. It’s time to be concerned about your health.
There is a forum on the Susan G. Komen Foundation website that can provide answers and insight. It’s called the Men Can Get Breast Cancer Too forum and can be found at https://apps.komen.org/forums/
So, guys, we can’t prevent breast cancer but if it’s caught early, that can make a difference.
It’s a matter of life and death.