Most men know that at some point they’ll be screened for prostate cancer.
But now doctors say that it’s also important for men to get routine breast exams.
While the numbers are still small compared to women, men do get breast cancer. Between 1,000-2,000 men are expected to get breast cancer in 2010.
Craig McMillan is a breast cancer survivor. He first noticed a lump in his breast while taking a shower, but didn’t worry about it at the time. It later turned out to be Stage Two cancer.
“Men don’t think they can get it. And it is true that the biggest risk factor for breast cancer is your gender—being a woman. But men can get breast cancer,” Dr. Stephanie Hines, a doctor for the Mayo Clinic, said.
Doctors say that anyone, male or female, with a family history of breast cancer should watch for changes in their breasts. Cancer treatment is also the same regardless of sex.
McMillan said the treatment helped him connect to female cancer patients.
“I became bosom buddies. I have a lot of female friends who have consoled me, and I’ve consoled them. I mean, I’m sort of like one of the girls,” McMillan said.
McMillan is now cancer-free.
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