Surviving Male Breast Cancer
By: Kristine Alarcon
Edited by: Juliana Zhu, Esq.
Breast cancer is one of the deadliest cancers and kills about 300,000 women each year. On the other hand, there are about 2,500 men who are diagnosed with this disease every year.
The symptoms and signs of disease are often detected later in men, which leads to a higher mortality rate among the male population diagnosed with breast cancer in America. Some men are more at risk of breast cancer if they have a close relative who is female and has breast cancer and/or if the man is overweight.
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Allen Wilson, in his early 50’s, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003. Even though Wilson recovered after his diagnosis, he was re-diagnosed in 2006. After treatment consisting of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, Wilson survived and is continuing his life. He is now an advocate for men who are also dealing with breast cancer.
He wishes to share his story as a way to remind everyone that breast cancer does not only affect women. It affects men, too. Wilson hopes that men will be aware of the possibility of this type of cancer. He recommends that men should feel their chest and get checked out as soon as possible if there is a problem.
Kristine Alarcon graduated at the University of San Francisco with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. She is working towards certification in Sterile Processing and Distribution. She is a Social Media Assistant at Cancer InCytes Magazine.
KHOU Staff. “Male breast cancer survivor wants men to hear his story” KHOU, Texas. Retrieved on July 10, 2015. http://www.khou.com/story/news/health/2015/07/09/male-breast-cancer-survivor-wants-men-to-hear-his-story/29895149/