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From the American Cancer Society:

A breast cancer is a malignant tumor that starts from cells of the breast. A malignant tumor is a group of cancer cells that may grow into (invade) surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to distant areas of the body. Breast cancer occurs mainly in women, but men can get it, too. Many people do not realize that men have breast tissue and that they can develop breast cancer.

Over 2300 men are diagnosed each year. About 440 men will die from breast cancer. Learn about men and breast cancer here.

Rudi Jackson, a one year breast cancer survivor, shares his story with me on Radio One Richmond’s Kiss Fm. Jackson found his lump while in the shower. He waited one week later before heading to the doctor. His doctor performed a biopsis and it was breast cancer which is rare in men. Jackson is a two-time breast cancer survivor.

Watch video courtesy of CBS-6 

Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week 10/18/2015

WHEREAS, more than 2,300 men in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and an estimated 440 men each year will die from the disease; and

WHEREAS, the misconception that breast cancer is a disease that affects only women can delay diagnosis and treatment in men; and

WHEREAS, early detection of male breast cancer is critical, as men who are diagnosed when breast cancer is in its earliest stages have an increased chance of successful treatment and survival; and

WHEREAS, in order to facilitate the early diagnosis and prompt treatment of male breast cancer, public education and understanding of the disease is necessary; and

WHEREAS, October 18-24, 2015, is designated as Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week; and

WHEREAS, Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week is an opportunity to remember the men who have lost their lives to breast cancer, and to increase awareness about its diagnosis, treatment, and prevention;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 18-24, 2015, as MALE BREAST CANCER AWARENESS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.




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