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Will men get breast cancer and what color is the awareness ribbon for that?

Will men get breast cancer and what color is the awareness ribbon for that?

Yes; not sure!: Men with a mother, sister, or daughter with breast or ovarian cancer, male relatives with breast cancer, or with ashkenazi jewish heritage, have a high risk of carrying a brca mutation. Men with this mutation are at risk for breast and other cancers. Rarely, men without a brca mutation get breast cancer, usually in their later years. I think the ribbon is still pink! sorry guys... ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Please tell me, could men get breast cancer and what color is the awareness ribbon for that?

Please tell me, could men get breast cancer and what color is the awareness ribbon for that?

Yes.: Men get breast cancer at a rate of about 1% of the rate in women. Given that female breast cancer is, unfortunately, all too common, male breast cancer is unusual but not rate. I am not aware of any "ribbon" campaign for male breast cancer; the one for "breast cancer" should be sufficient. ...Read more

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Pink is the official color for breast cancer in women, what color ribbon is it for men?

Pink is the official color for breast cancer in women, what color ribbon is it for men?

Pink w/ blue: I don't know of an official ribbon for male breast cancer. Many organizations use a ribbon with 1/2 pink and 1/2 blue. I refer you to an organization called men against breast cancer. ...Read more

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Why would the color pink be associated with breast cancer awareness?

Why would the color pink be associated with breast cancer awareness?

Femininity: Pink is traditionally a feminine color, but not exclusively, of course. Breast cancer is traditionally a disease of women, but not exclusively. Ergo, pink has been chosen to represent awareness. I hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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When is breast cancer awareness month?

When is breast cancer awareness month?

October: October is the Breast cancer awareness month. Just remember every woman should make every month a breast cancer awareness month for herself and her loved ones. ...Read more

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What are some good breast cancer awareness songs?

What are some good breast cancer awareness songs?

Breast cancer : The singer/songwriter jewel wrote a song for breast reconstruction awareness this past year called "flower"! ...Read more

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What can we do to help promote breast cancer awareness?

Breast Cancer: There are several differs ways to provide support and raise awareness for breast cancer. In central texas we have the cancer support community of central texas for psychosocial support. The way i try to raise awareness is let people know that roughly only a third of women who have mastectomies were informed about their options regarding breast reconstruction. There is legislation to help change. ...Read more

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Why does breast cancer awareness get an entire month of recognition?

Why does breast cancer awareness get an entire month of recognition?

Philosophical ?: There are many diseases that might deserve a month of recognition. Certainly breast cancer should, but maybe prostate cancer, heart disease and major depression should, would you be interested in lobbying for some of those or others. ...Read more

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Please suggest what ideas for breast cancer awareness month do you have?

Please suggest what ideas for breast cancer awareness month do you have?

Old-fashioned: When i was in med school, i was the only guy i knew who always discussed breast self-exam with women. I'd urge women starting in their teens to continue doing this and doing it right -- and not to get complacent because of all those mammogram manufacturers sponsoring pink ribbon campaigns. The physical exam still key to medicine & the fatal breast ca's i've seen could have been caught early. ...Read more

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Is there a reason it seems like breast cancer awareness is given a higher priority?

Is there a reason it seems like breast cancer awareness is given a higher priority?

Because (recycled): It is a common cancer, has an effective screening, can be treated successfully if detected early, and affects patients in a very visible way. There are many other political reasons as well. It may feel unfair to those suffering of other cancers so we need to be advocates for all patients with cancer regardless of the type. Sorry for the recycled answer but it's still true. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Occurs when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. Often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast ...Read more


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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