Protect the Pecs: Men Can Get Breast Cancer, Too

Protect the Pecs: Men Can Get Breast Cancer, Too
October is here, and we all know what that means ... PINK, PINK, PINK. Everywhere we look, we will be seeing the Pink Ribbon on everything, raising awareness of breast cancer in women. Not men … just women. While raising breast cancer in women is a great goal, using the pink ribbon neglects men with the disease.  This needs to stop, and we need to start including men in all awareness campaigns. Even though the disease is rare in men, men are dying from it too. It can’t be just Pink anymore; it needs to include Blue. Pink and Blue. As a man who traveled the journey, I often felt alone and isolated. I was never aware that men could get breast cancer, because society has repeatedly reinforced that this is a woman’s disease. I was naïve. I was uneducated. We were all fooled and we will continue being fooled by society. We need to stop this insanity, and educate all that MEN CAN GET BREAST CANCER, TOO! Here is a brief summary of my breast cancer odyssey. Four years ago, I was diagnosed with Stage 2a HER2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Breast Cancer. The weird thing is that breast cancer isn’t relevant in my family, and I am BRCA negative (no mutations). So where did it come from? No one knows. Doctors stated that it was all the soy protein milk shakes I was consuming every day for over 12 months. The soy, which contain isoflavones that mim
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