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Code Pink Alert for Men: You Can Get Breast Cancer, Too

Posted October 22, 2007

Code Pink: The phrase arouses awareness of breast cancer for women. And it should ring warning bells for men, too, doctors warn.

Men make up 1 percent of those diagnosed with breast cancer every year, and doctors think it may be more common among men than most think.

"Obviously, men don't think about doing a breast exam like women do, so it goes largely unnoticed until somebody says, 'That just doesn't look right,'" oncologist Dr. Nikta Shah said.

Brian Cole said he learned that breast cancer is not just a women's disease four years ago.

"I noticed some drainage out of my left nipple. My wife noticed it when she took out my shirts to do the laundry," he said.

Cole went to the doctor, had a biopsy done and was stunned at the results.

"I felt like, 'You've got to be kidding me. I'm a male. I've never heard anything like this before. It can't be breast cancer,'" he said.

Doctors removed much of Cole's breast tissue on his left side. He underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments, just as a woman diagnosed with breast cancer would.

Shah said early detection through self exams is just as important for men as it is for women. For both sexes, information is one of the best weapons against breast cancer.

"If you feel something in your breast, it needs to be looked at, because it's not normal. Breast cancer does happen," Shah warned.

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  • Maximus Oct 24, 2007

    this is some ploy to get men to dish out money for a cause that isn't ours, while the cancer which affects us the most (Prostate) goes unnoticed. When was the last time we had Prostate Cancer Awareness Month... ahhh never! I'm not giving a penny to any breast cancer campaign. I don't care about b0obie issues.

  • my golo Oct 24, 2007

    "Wasn't Montell Williams, daytime TV host, diagnosed with Breast Cancer."

    Yes but this article is about MEN getting breast cancer.

  • North Carolina Native Oct 24, 2007

    My husband had to have a mammogram... shhh don't tell him I told u! When he told the people at the hospital what he was there for they asked him if he was sure he knew what that was. Crazy.... luckily it was a normal test ;)

  • wolfamosam Oct 23, 2007

    I had an uncle that passed away recently of male breast cancer & knew nothing of it until the biopsy and by then, it was too late. If your body is talking to you, listen & take a hint!

  • lilwil Oct 23, 2007

    Wasn't Montell Williams, daytime TV host, diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

    It's serious. I hope all men will begin to have regular checkups as women. I'm glad the gentleman in this story took the necessary step. Our health is very important.

  • tmedlin Oct 23, 2007

    hmmmm - I saw Code Pink and it made me think about those harpies in DC!!!!