June 14, 2006: Breastcancer.org Launches New Male Breast Cancer Content


Site unveils expanded peer-reviewed medical content about male breast cancer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 14, 2006

Press Contact:

Pamela Green

Breastcancer.org

(610) 642-6550

pgreen@breastcancer.org

This Father's Day, Breastcancer.org is celebrating men's health by highlighting the often-overlooked issue of male breast cancer. In an effort to heighten awareness, Breastcancer.org now features new peer-reviewed medical content regarding male breast cancer, including its risk factors, symptoms, and diagnosis. Also available are results of studies which compare how breast cancer symptoms present in men versus women. Visit the Male Breast Cancer section.

Although breast cancer is less common in men, a 2004 study published in the journal Cancer found incidences of male breast cancer had risen 25% over the previous 25 years. Often men don't expect to be diagnosed with what is perceived as a typically 'female' disease, and they are not routinely screened and checked during annual physicals. As a result, male breast cancer is often diagnosed in the late stages, resulting in a poorer prognosis. Researchers found that men were twice as likely as women to have both larger cancers at the point of diagnosis and cancers that had spread to their lymph nodes.

"Don't put off what seems to be minor. If you have any suspicion that something is abnormal, don't hesitate—go do something about it," warns Larry Cohen, a breast cancer patient who was treated by Dr. Marisa Weiss, the president and founder of Breastcancer.org and a practicing oncologist.

Larry delayed seeing a doctor and by the time his breast cancer was diagnosed it had spread to his hip, requiring hip replacement surgery. He is now living with metastatic breast cancer, and is a strong believer in immediately addressing any health concerns.

Male breast cancer is also important to women: a family history of male breast cancer increases a woman's risk of developing the disease. Women must be aware and speak with their doctors.

Dr. Marisa Weiss is available to discuss the risk factors and warning signs associated with male breast cancer, and appropriate screening techniques. Larry Cohen is also available to share the experience of his breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

"My experience was that I delayed and delayed and delayed. I've learned now to take much better care of my health. If there's any question about something, I get it checked out," says Larry.

Breastcancer.org is the premier internet source for responsible, accurate medical information and visual images about breast cancer, and assists media in identifying breast cancer patients and survivors who want to share their story with the media. The site helps women at every step along the way, including explaining medical terms, detailing treatment options, guiding possible questions for the next doctor's visit, providing suggestions for strengthening critical doctor-patient relationships, and describing more about new scientific discoveries. Each year, more than 8 million people visit Breastcancer.org to access over 3000 pages of original, peer-reviewed medical content and illustrations on every aspect of breast cancer.

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