October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and St. Francis is at the forefront of educating and empowering women to take charge of their own health. Every day, more and more women are fighting breast cancer through awareness and early detection. However, it's important to make sure the men in our life are breast aware as they are also at risk for developing breast cancer. Please continue reading to learn more:
|Think Breast Cancer Only Affects Women? Think Again.|
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women in the United States. And, while breast cancer in men is a rare condition, they still account for about 1% of all breast cancer cases (each year, one out of 2,100 men will receive a breast cancer diagnosis). Yet doctors say that men don't usually find out they have breast cancer until the cancer is in its later stages. They aren't aware that they have even a small risk of being affected. That being the case, men don't generally get routine breast exams or mammograms. This lack of awareness could potentially delay their diagnosis and reduce their chance for successful treatment.
Importance of Early Detection
The most obvious difference between the male and female breast is size. Since men tend to have much less breast tissue compared to women, some of the warning signs of breast cancer can be easier to notice. However, men are prone to think that a lump in their breast is either caused by some sort of infection or they could be too embarrassed because they worry that someone might question their masculinity. This is why it's important for the women in their lives to be knowledgeable in order to detect any sign of breast cancer and to have their loved one seek medical help.
Warning Signs of Breast Cancer in Men
A change in the breast or nipple can be a warning sign. These changes include:
Risk Factors for Breast Cancer in Men
- Lump, hard knot or thickening in the breast
- Dimpling, puckering or redness of the skin of the breast
- Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
- Pulling in of the nipple or other parts of the breast
- Nipple discharge
- Inverted nipple
- Family history of breast cancer
- Inherited gene mutations
- Radiation exposure
- Testicular conditions
- Liver disease
- Estrogen treatment
- Klinefelter syndrome
Breast Health at St. Francis
At St. Francis, we bring the latest breast cancer screening and diagnostic techology together in one place. We offer our advanced technology, compassion, and convenient care with rapid results (with images available in just 10 seconds!). Our Genetic Risk Consultants, Breast Health Navigators and Multidisciplinary Team offer comprehensive breast care to both women and men.
To learn more about breast health at St. Francis, please click here.
Race for the Cure
On Saturday, September 24, St. Francis supported breast cancer awareness by participating in the 17th annual Susan G. Komen SC Mountains to Midlands Race for the Cure. This year, TEAM FAITH set new records with 160 members, making us the largest healthcare team!
|Fall for Greenville|
Join us as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the St. Francis Fall for Greenville on October 14 - 16 along downtown Greenville's Main Street. The St. Francis Fall for Greenville has something for everyone!
|Get to Know the Newest Additions to the Bon Secours Medical Group
The Bon Secours Medical Group consists of outstanding physicians and specialists who work together to bring a special level of care to our patients. We are delighted to welcome the following physicians to the St. Francis family: Simpsonville Family Medicine
Susan Miranda, MD
Specializing in women's health, dermatological conditions, and children's adolescent health.
Reedy Family Medicine
Daniel W. Brake, Jr., MD
William A. Messer, MD
Jeffrey D. Harris, MD
Louis P. Browne, MD
James R. Fuson, MD