Today is Pink Friday at TRITECHFORENSICS, when we come together as a company to promote breast cancer awareness. Many of our co-workers will be wearing pink and sharing stories about how this terrible disease has effected their lives. As we share the bad and good, the majority of our stories will be about our mothers, wives, or sisters. But breast cancer has no respect for sex, and, according to the American Cancer Society, approximately 2190 cases of breast cancer will be found in men in 2012. Of these, 410 will die.
It is not completely understood why men develop breast cancer, but, just as there are risk factors for other types of cancers (for instance, smoking and lung cancer), there are also risk factors for men to consider in the development of breast cancer. These include family history, weight, inherited gene mutations, alcohol consumption, and even certain occupations. The greatest risk factor for breast cancer in men is aging; the average age of a male with breast cancer is 68. Men of all ages develop this disease, though, so young men should be just as diligent as older men.
There is no way to prevent breast cancer, in men or women. There are ways to reduce the risk or severity of the cases, however. Men often wait until lumps are large and their cancers advanced before seeking treatment. Due to the anatomy of a man’s breast, smaller lumps can be dangerous. The best way to combat this is with early detection and treatment. There is no shame in combating an enemy attacking from within!
For additional information from the American Cancer Society about breast cancer and men, click here. You can download a Detailed Guide with much more information, including all of the risk factors for both men and women.
Today, we will be donating a portion of our sales to the American Cancer Society. We hope that our donation, along with those of many others, will help lead to a day when we can put the pink ribbons away and celebrate a cure. Until then, we continue the fight.