The Drs: Double Diagnosis + Male Breast Cancer Awareness

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The Doctors: Family Battling Double Breast Cancer Diagnosis

The Doctors introduced Kara and Mike who received two terrifying diagnosis that turned their lives upside down. Right before the couple went on vacation, Mike found a lump on his chest when he got back from a run. He thought maybe it was just irritation from the shirt he was wearing, but it was still there when they got back from vacation. He was sent to get a biopsy after seeing his doctor and it came back as breast cancer. It started out as a small bump on his chest and then grew to about the size of a grape. At that point it had spread beyond the initial site of the tumor, and was then into his lymph nodes, so he went straight from stage two to stage four.

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He underwent a mastectomy and it was discovered that it had spread to his brain. Naturally, that’s when he truly freaked out. After his brain radiation treatment, he was feeling much better and thought they were “on the upswing” and then Kara went to the doctor and was diagnosed with breast cancer. When Kara was diagnosed, it was truly overwhelming. She had six weeks of radiation and is now taking medication to lower her risk for the cancer returning. Kara knows that women undergo regular breast cancer screening, but men don’t. The key is early detection and if they would have known better, Mike would’ve done self-exams and talked to his doctor. Kara said the medical community needs to get behind their message because it could truly save lives.

The Drs: Double Diagnosis + Male Breast Cancer Awareness

Were you aware that men could be diagnosed with breast cancer too? The Doctors spoke with a couple who had to deal with not only one cancer diagnosis, but two. (williami5 / Flickr)

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The Doctors: Breast Cancer In Men

Kara said when she first heard that her husband had breast cancer, it was shocking for her, because they had never thought about it. She said it almost felt like a dream because they were trying to wrap their minds around what was happening. So many people don’t think of breast cancer happening to men. Men said he never could’ve imagined the bump he found was breast cancer, so he waited a couple weeks to even acknowledge the bump, and then did research online, seeing male breast cancer. He read that it could also spread to the underarm, and when he felt something there as well, that’s when he went to his doctor.

Dr Rachael Ross said the diagnosis obviously brought the two of them together, and the couple said they never even thought about giving up. Mike said it was almost better to have the education about it and know what it meant to catch it early. They did a lot of research about male breast cancer and realized that it’s too often discovered late because men don’t know about it or check for it. He said Kara’s diagnosis almost made things easier for him.

The Doctors: Male Breast Cancer Awareness

Dr Travis Stork reported that there are 2,500 new cases of breast cancer in men reported every year. Kara and Mike’s kids were 15 and 12 when Mike was diagnosed. They wondered how much to tell them, but they’ve been incredibly involved in what they’ve done. Their kids have taken part in raising awareness, and their oldest son is now doing cancer research with his engineering professor. Their younger son is 16 and started a breast cancer awareness club at school with 45 members and they’re raising money.

Were you aware that breast cancer could occur in men? Did you realize that men should also be regularly checking for breast cancer?

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