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Review for His Breast Cancer Awareness Inc., Philadelphia, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

At last, an organization for information about Male Breast Cancer. We are here to inform, to educate, bring awareness, and to teach prevention regarding breast cancer in men. We are here to assist and inform once you have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Vicki and Harvey learned the hard way about breast cancer, but you don't have to. We are here for you and are happy to share all the information we have to assist. http://hisbreastcancer.org/
Read about #GivingTuesday here and help support this nonprofit organization. http://hisbreastcancer.blogspot.com/2014/11/givingtuesday-supporting-male-breast.html

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Role:  Board Member
 

Review for His Breast Cancer Awareness Inc., Philadelphia, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

When I was approaching 35 years of age, I had my first baseline mammogram since I had a maternal aunt who had breast cancer along with a mastectomy. At 36, my mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer and I was reminded that it was time for my annual mammogram. One month following my mother, I too was diagnosed with breast cancer. Over a span of eleven years I had 3 positive breast cancer diagnosis, 5 surgeries on one breast, centinal lymph node tested and was treated with radiation and Tamoxifen.
After my last bout, I decided to go for genetic testing and was diagnosed with the BRCA2 gene mutation. I then had a full hysterectomy due to a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer. Sharing this information with my husband, sons and brothers, at that moment it was obvious that all of our lives would change from this point forward. Although it is not "recommended" that my sons be tested for the gene until they are older and/or are ready to settle down and begin a family this does not mean we should ignore the obvious either. Having one of my brother's diagnosed with breast cancer and also test positive for the BRCA2 gene, as well as Prostate cancer 1.5 years later, Early detection through education is what will save lives! Male Breast Cancer is often diagnosed too late as no one is checking!
HIS Breast Cancer Awareness is a nonprofit organization for information about Male Breast Cancer. We are here to inform, to educate, bring awareness, and to teach prevention regarding breast cancer in men. We are here to assist and inform once you have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The only changes I would want to see are the changes that HIS Breast Cancer Awareness can and will accomplish regarding Male Breast Cancer. Men should not have to complete questions when seeing their doctor such as; when was your last menstral cycle and could you be pregnant? Changes to forms, to acceptance even in the medical world to reduce the stigma that goes along with a man being diagnosed with a "women's" disease. Men should also be checked when there is a family history.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Role:  Board Member