The general public is well aware that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but many do not realize that the third week of October is for men. This week is meant to educate and spread male breast cancer awareness. Statistically speaking, women are more likely to develop breast cancer, but thousands of men are also affected. It is important that men focus on breast health, early detection, and breast exams, just as women should.
The Original 1-800 Charity Cars, the nation’s leading vehicle donation program, would like to offer some information about men and breast cancer that will help to educate, spread awareness, and encourage men to focus on their own breast health.
Male Breast Cancer Statistics According To The American Cancer Society:
- 1% of breast cancer cases are men
- Over 2000 men are diagnosed with Breast Cancer each year
- Over 450 men die every year from Breast Cancer
- They estimate that about 2,360 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed during 2014
- They estimate that about 430 of those men will die from breast cancer during 2014
Three key things men should look for:
- Any swelling or inflammation in their armpits
- Nipples that become inverted, have discharge, or are sore/tender
- Any swelling, or painless lumps within their breast tissue, most often this located towards the nipple area
Ways men can take action:
- Perform self exams
- Be aware of their body/breasts
- Immediately report any concerns to their Doctor
- Seek medical attention to anything they find out of the norm immediately
Resources to assist men:
There are many breast cancer patients who do not have a reliable form of transportation to get to doctor appointments, treatments, or to pick up prescriptions. If you have a car that you no longer need or use, consider donating your car to 1-800-Charity Cars. We offer free towing nationwide for all donated vehicles (running or not) and every donation is tax-deductible. Visit our site and fill out the online donation form or call us at 1-800-242-7489.