LBBC Publishes New Breast Cancer inFocus Guide

Breast Cancer in Men joins other titles for the underserved
March 7, 2016
Kevin Gianotto

When IT professional Edward Smith was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 62, he was confused. It wasn’t a possibility that he had ever considered.  And he couldn’t find any groups of men, whether in person or online, to get answers or support.

Breast Cancer in MenLiving Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) is addressing this need through the release of Breast Cancer in Men, the newest publication in our Breast Cancer inFocus series.

This year, about 232,000 Americans will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.  About 2,300 of them, or one percent, will be men. Dealing with any cancer diagnosis is difficult but according to LBBC CEO Jean A. Sachs, MSS, MLSP, being “a man diagnosed with what is often perceived as a ‘woman’s disease’ can be especially hard.”

In addition, men need to know that even if they don’t develop breast cancer, they may be carriers of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations, which can be passed on to their children and lead to increased risk of breast, ovarian and prostate cancers. “Men whose mothers, aunts and sisters have had breast cancer should speak to their physicians about family risk,” says Jean.  

The guide was written by a team made up of staff members and reviewed by healthcare professionals and men diagnosed with breast cancer. Each section addresses a specific topic, including treatment options, the role genetics can play in developing breast cancer and tips on sharing news of a diagnosis with family members, friends and co-workers.

Now a four–year survivor, Smith says he would advise men who are diagnosed with breast cancer to reach out and talk to others who have been through it. “Get over the male thing,” he says, “and put yourself in the best position.”

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