'Breast Cancer in Men' Guide Published by Living Beyond Breast Cancer -
Written in collaboration with HIS Breast Cancer Awareness-The Guide
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Posted by HIS Breast Cancer Awareness at 7:27 AM
Monday, February 1, 2016
We Can. I Can- what? How can we/I make a difference to something that seems so much larger than any human being? Well, just like all things, it takes each of us to put forth effort, even in small baby steps to make any changes; And ‘change’ is what is needed to help end cancer. This will not go away on its own nor as we’ve seen over the decades, with medicine alone.
We’re not talking just about change in research labs, hospitals or by large pharmaceutical corporations, we’re talking about starting with you and your lifestyle. That means each person taking responsibility and investing in themselves. Until each person invest in their own quality of living with healthier food choices, cleaner/greener environmental living and some type of exercise, health concerns and cancer will continue to spiral out of control.
We always have options: When out to dinner, making better choices or taking half your portion home for another meal will make a big difference! Although it’s nice to ‘treat’ yourself to a special meal because we know you work hard and deserve it, that should mean once a week or better yet, once a month! Foods that are genetically modified, filled with hormones, deep fried and include heavy creamy sauces should be removed from your daily diet.
We’ve all read what a ‘healthier’ diet should consist of so I’m not going to repeat it here, but receiving daily nutrition with cruciferous vegetables, high fiber, low/no sugar and organic when available is easy and affordable to do. And it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle so you just have to allow yourself a new routine! Plus we can’t always eat enough to give our body the nutrition it needs so supplementation is often helpful.
But what about you and your doctor? How do you take responsibility together? Well first, I believe in the importance of preventive medicine. If you can help reduce your risk and keep your body healthy, it’s much easier than trying to ‘fix’ a problem after it has begun. Your doctor should be the one to make sure and keep you on the healthy path. This is where Naturopathic medicine comes in. There are currently 18 states (plus Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands) where Naturopathic doctors are licensed to practice medicine, the rest are not in the United States. Other countries practice and support preventive medicine. What is Naturopathic medicine?Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process. The practice of naturopathic medicine includes modern and traditional, scientific, and empirical methods. (provided by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians)
“Emphasizing prevention”, “self-healing”, these steps must become part of our daily process to living healthier. Pennsylvania alone has passed every level in congress and it has been waiting for the senate to vote for about one year now to pass this license. Why is something that can be so helpful, taking so long?! This option should be available to anyone who wants it! We should have the choice in every state!
We do have some of the power and controls to make America and the World a healthier place to live. From the land of opportunity, let’s take that opportunity to make the good, better, best decisions we can! Let’s “super-size” our health and wellness instead of our soda and fries! Then maybe we have a chance at reducing the impact cancer (and other diseases) has on individuals, families and communities. All the savings on health care with better overall health can then be used towards better living for vacations, family time or those special purchases.
Our website HIS Breast Cancer Awareness can help assist with suggestions for prevention and how to make healthier choices. http://hisbreastcancer.org/ Learn more about your genetic risk so you can be even more proactive. My brother and I are both survivors of breast cancer and both carry the BRCA genetic mutation. We live each day great-full for our opportunities today and we make the best choices we can with a healthier diet, additional supplementation and an on-going exercise program to help in the prevention of another diagnosis. We’re just like you, the average person - and you can do this too- hopefully before a cancer diagnosis but even after. Who can do this? #WeCanICan !
World Cancer Day, let's make the necessary changes to help with education, awareness and most importantly, prevention. With the addition of prevention, we can hopefully reduce the risk of a cancer diagnosis. We have to take responsibility for ourselves and our families to learn and guide and accept change is needed. Then together we can work to end cancer.
#WorldCancerDay #WeCanICan #BeHealthy #Prevention
Best of Health,
Modah Ani- I am thankfulVicki Singer Wolf, Editor and Co-founder
Posted by HIS Breast Cancer Awareness at 5:27 PM
Thursday, November 19, 2015
There’s a day for Mother’s, Father’s, and your boss, a day for honoring our flag, our veterans and our freedom. There is BlackFriday to go shopping, Cyber Monday to shop on line and so why not have a day for giving? Welcome Giving Tuesday, the Tuesday that follows Thanksgiving!
There are so many ways that you can help HIS Breast Cancer with your donations so let us share some suggestions from donations HIS Breast Cancer will receive when you shop on line, sending your holiday wishes, or just meeting your end of the year charitable tax deductions.
First, if you’re shopping on amazon this holiday or all year long, first go to smile.amzon and choose from the list or search to select HIS Breast Cancer Awareness as your charity of choice or click directly on this link; http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-
1352739 Every time you shop with smile.amazon, amazon will make a donation to us- it’s
that easy! You shop, save and HIS BCA is rewarded.
If you’re out of ideas on what to get or even IF you should be buying someone a present, a donation card with your wishes makes the perfect and most thoughtful gift. You can order one that we’ll mail for you or purchase a pack of 10 cards. In addition to the holidays, you can keep them on hand all year long to honor a birthday, send get well wishes, or offer a note of congratulations. You make the acknowledgement, and the receiver appreciates your kindness and learns that male breast cancer does exist; you might just even save a life with awareness! To order one or purchase a pack, visit the SHOP page on the web site here; http://hisbreastcancer.org/shop.html
If you like to wait to the end of the year to choose your charities and make your donations then please consider a donation to HIS BreastCancer. Your donations assist with offering insight, education and awareness of Male Breast Cancer and Genetic knowledge and can be made directly on the web through paypal or you’re welcome to mail us a check.
Another great opportunity with your support will assist us to help educate through the very special produced documentary Pink And Blue. With your help, we can help to make this available for people to view, learn and save lives. Learn more and see the trailer for the documentary here; https://vimeo.com/user12446052
It is projected that over 2,240 new cases of male breast cancer will be diagnosed and over 400 men will die from the disease. The percentage fatality rate is often higher for men diagnosed with breast cancer as usually no one is checking and men don’t notice the symptoms as they are not even aware they can be diagnosed with breast cancer. Men also do not have the options women may with breast conserving surgery/treatment and so mastectomy is most often performed due to the limited amount of tissue. Just imagine hearing the words as a man, or a woman about her father, husband, son or any loved one; Sir, You Have Breast Cancer! Breast cancer doesn’t just affect sisters and daughter’s, breast cancer affects sons and brothers. In addition with the current awareness of the BRCA gene mutation thanks to Angelina Jolie, it’s important to note that 50% of the worlds BRCA (breast cancer susceptibilitygene) carriers are male.
HIS Breast Cancer Awareness was formed in 2010 as a fully credited nonprofit 501©3 organization to bring education, awareness, prevention and lifestyle assistance to anyone dealing with Male Breast Cancer or having a family member with a history of Breast Cancer. Vicki and Harvey (co-founders) are both Breast Cancer Survivors and carry the BRCA gene mutation. Between them they have 5 sons, all who have a 50/50% to be BRCA positive which are also known factors in the cause of Prostate, Pancreatic, Melanoma and Ovarian as well as many other cancers.
We know that we have already saved men’s lives and with your support, we can reach so many more!
Please consider choosing HIS Breast Cancer as your charity to give and support this #GivingTuesday and through the holidays.
Thank you in advance for any donation in support of Male Breast Cancer Awareness!
Happy and Healthy Holidays,
Modah Ani- I am Thankful
Editor; Vicki Singer Wolf, Co-founder
Posted by HIS Breast Cancer Awareness at 4:09 PM
Sunday, October 25, 2015
As October and the month for breast cancer awareness comes to a close, the month of pink now with a little blue, I am filled with so many emotions that my heart, my head and my tear ducts could all explode!!
In the middle of 2013 I remember clearly my first phone conversation with Alan Blassberg of First Prize Productions. Who is this guy and is he “for real”?! He wants to make a documentary about male breast cancer and its genetic diseases? And through his research he couldn’t find much information, and then he found HIS Breast Cancer Awareness. He found us…
We had several phone conversations, from my personal and challenging journey with several breast cancer diagnosis and testing positive for the BRCA2 genetic mutation to my brother Harvey’s journey with male breast and prostate cancers, also discovering he too carries the BRCA2 genetic mutation. I explained how our cancers and genetic history began with my mom, Libby who today is 90 and her sister, my Aunt Ruth who celebrated her 100th birthday this weekend along with those who have passed on my maternal side, my grandmother Minnie and my two uncles Herman and Isadore who Harvey is named after. We spoke about how Harvey and I co-founded HIS Breast Cancer because between us we have 5 sons and wanted to help them and other men with awareness and better education.
Alan shared some of his family’s journey with cancer, the people he has lost including his sister Sammy and how his sister Lisa and then he both tested positive with the BRCA genetic mutation. He wanted to learn more about it all, he wanted to help educate others and he wanted to do it all in a documentary- Pink and Blue: Colors of Hereditary Cancer. My brother and I were hooked, this was also our dream, our passion, the reason we founded our organization and the next 2+ years was an even greater journey!
February 2014, Alan, his assistant Marc Romeo, co-producer and their crew traveled from the west coast to Philadelphia so they could hear, record and chronicle all of our stories. They taped my mom and aunt talking about their journeys with cancer and all the cancer in their family. They heard from us directly our experiences as we relived our diagnosis, treatments, ups and downs and our challenges as survivors, both breast cancer as a woman and as a man and BRCA carriers. They taped my oldest son Sam’s experience as he began his journey with genetic counseling and testing with Dr. Susan Domchek at the Basser Research Center. Sam was ready to start his own family and needed to know if he also carried the mutation as he could possibly pass it on and at 32 years of age, the challenges of cancer he could be at a higher risk for. My emotions from the past, present and into the future were spinning.
This month, October awareness month, ALL the hard work of the past 2+ years came to fruition and the documentary was completed although it’s journey is just beginning! It began with the “pink and blue” carpet premier in Los Angeles. My husband Gary joined Harvey and I along with my nephews Matt and Jameson who live there. After hearing about or ‘talking’ with so many people who helped make this documentary, like the infamous Dr. Kristi Funk ofPink Lotus Center (Angelina Jolie’s surgeon), Amy Byer Shainman the Executive Producer, Stephanie Swartz (girlfriend and photographer), Dan Abrams and the talented recording artist who contributed to the soundtrack and so many more, it was wonderful to finally meet them all. This was my first set of eyes on the completed film and I was star struck and wowed!
|L>R Jeremy (missing his wife Melissa), Gary, |
Vicki, Sam, Melissa, Lynsey & Sean
This past weekend Pink and Blue Movie premiered and was a part of the bright lights and signs on Times Square in New York! Amazing, thrilling and my heart was pounding with excitement!!!
Friday evening my emotions continued to whirl as now I had my family, my 3 sons and their wife’s and girlfriend along with my sister in law Donna (Harvey’s wife) who were all going to experience it for themselves. I was scared, proud, thankful, nervous, excited, and hopeful they would understand even more about my passion to help educate others and help save lives, including their own. That night was truly a “family experience” which most families will never have. And they were in awe of it all with pride, tears and love abound.
On Saturday Harvey and I chose a matinee to invite friends and family to NY to see the film. We are so happy and truly appreciative for those who were able to join us! Some who have had experienced cancer in their families, others who thankfully have not. There was representation from friends with the FORCE organization and Penn’s Basser Center and we felt so honored by everyone’s support. Marion Behr who compiled the lovely and beautiful book SurvivingCancer: Our Voices & Our Choices returning from a library conference late the night before and Sandy and Pamela from their genetic counselor’s conference all made it there in time to be with us! Our expectations were all over the place! And the end result was to say the least, incredible!! The Pink and Blue team captured it all, sharing the stories of the Blassberg and Singer family’s, Kelly Rothe, Mollie Smith, Stacey Sager, Kara Dioguardi, Marla Ruhana Moro, Steve Del Gardo, Ambrose Alkutya Kirkland and Trish Ackermann just to name a few. As well as Doctor’s Domchek, Giuliano and Funk who are helping to educate the world about the effects of breast cancer in women and men and genetic mutations. “Cancer affects so many people, but BRCA affects families”
That day was my third time viewing this film, and it was actually the most emotional of all!
The first time I was filled with unknown expectations, the second I was proud to share it with my children, but the third time being surrounded by so many personal supporters who know my history and what I do with HIS but now to “see the bigger picture” on the big screen with a better education of it all, it was surreal. My heart was fully exposed, my head was clear but spinning and my tear ducts flowed. And I was not alone as my husband Gary sitting next to me experienced the same!
I don’t believe any of us have just one purpose on this earth, it’s not just about your success with your profession or being a good parent or friend. Life itself includes many roads traveled and routes ahead that we have not yet experienced. It’s what we do with all of it! The cancer in my family like Alan’s and many others, although devastating, can have other meanings. We all find ways to hold on to the memories of those we’ve lost or who have suffered. This documentary will do just that but it will also help to save lives. All of us with Pink and Blue have chosen to help educate the world, “there is a test, you can learn and you can do something about it, you can prevent it”.
Pink and Blue is a story that needed to be told, and it’s a story that needs to be shared to save lives. You will laugh and you will cry or as I say “it’s happy-sappy”. You may not experience the same emotions as I have, you will have your own but most important you will learn.
|Matthew, Harvey, Jameson|
Modah Ani- I Am Thankful
Editor: Vicki Singer Wolf, Co-founder
Posted by HIS Breast Cancer Awareness at 6:06 PM
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Are you "aware" and making healthier choices?
You hear all about awareness for breast cancer through the gazillion commercials and advertisements with the pink ribbon letting you know you should “be aware”. Do you choose the foods you eat or the personal care products you use because they support Breast Cancer? And why are these products only supporting women’s needs? What about the men?! Are they really teaching you anything or just helping to increase their profits which in turn allows them to make a donation to ‘the cause’?
Let’s begin by acknowledging that what you put on and in your body can make a difference for your health. Whether you’re a woman, a man or a child, the foods we eat, the personal care products we choose, our lifestyle choices and supplementation can help support our overall health. While genetics can’t be changed, providing a healthier environment within your body may be helpful.
Supporting products that include ingredients such as Parabens, Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)/Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), Fragrances, Synthetic Colors, Phthalates and Triclosan just to name a few, ultimately are not in support of your better health for the prevention of cancer(s). These ingredients are best to be avoided and instead look for products that are Cruelty free, Paraben free, Organic, Vegetarian, Non GMO, and for some, Gluten, Dairy and Soy free.
Supplements that I’ve found to be helpful for prevention include;
Probiotic, Green Tea, Vitamin D3 (have your blood level checked), Melatonin, Maitake mushroom, Turmeric (and other natural anti inflammatory products), Vitamin C and Coenzyme Q10 as well as a quality multiple is an important place to start.
The personal care products I choose, with or without a ribbon, for hair care, make up, deodorant, lotions, toothpaste, etc all come from natural and organic sources and my source to purchase them all are found at LuckyVitamin.com for the best quality, selection and prices but where ever you shop, be sure to look at what your product(s) are made of, or not made of!
As well, choosing organic foods that are free of hormones is especially important as these added hormones can also help to feed some cancers. Your chicken may not be as “plump” but there’s a good reason for that! A diet with less dairy and red meat may also be helpful to assist with keeping inflammation down. Instead try to include more healthy fish, grains, fruits and nuts. I try for less sugar (even organic sugar) in my diet as sugar may feed the cancer cells.
So, now you know what are some healthier choices to look for but what about all those awareness products? When was the last time you saw a product that was advertising/helping with awareness of male breast cancer? No specials on men’s care products during October? Although male breast cancer only accounts for about 1% of breast cancer, does that make saving the life of a man less important? Most men are diagnosed too late as most don’t even know they can get breast cancer or even have ‘breast’ for that matter. Awareness for early detection is what will help to save a man’s life with this disease.
So why not add some blue to those pink ribbons and educate both women and men at the same time? Well maybe it’s because men are not incline to buy ribbon jewelry, tote bags, socks and scarves to shout it out so how will these companies raise dollars then? Is that what this is really all about?
Let’s make this month of October an even healthier one by checking those ingredients to eliminate the bad and favor the good and make better choices of what we put in and on our body. And by promoting breast cancer health and awareness for both women and men to really educate and save lives and not just increase profits during this time of year with more ‘pink stuff’! If you’re looking for pink and blue awareness products, you’ll find them on the SHOP page and all dollars raised goes back to education. When you help educate others about breast cancer in men with HIS Breast Cancer you are saving lives! #pinkandblue #breastcancerinmen
Modah Ani- I Am Thankful
Best of Health,Editor: Vicki Singer Wolf, Co-founder
Posted by HIS Breast Cancer Awareness at 7:46 AM
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
EXTRA, EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT!
In October you can’t open the newspaper, magazine or computer without the inclusion of a news piece or promotion related to breast cancer awareness along with the pink ribbons. We’ll read tons of articles to help with awareness and unfortunately many including the stories of loved ones who have passed from the disease.
The truth is, almost all of these stories are about women with breast cancer, or men who have lost their wives, mothers, etc. and how they feel. Is this what you’re looking for when you open your newspaper? What would you think if you saw an article written about a man who was diagnosed and what it’s like for his wife or sister to help them through this fight? Don't you want to learn something new?
While I myself am a 3time survivor of breast cancer the story that I would want to share is more than about the disease itself. I also carry the BRCA genetic mutation and as a sister of two brothers, a wife to my husband, I’m also a mother of 3 sons and an aunt to many nephews and want men like my family members to know they too can be diagnosed with breast cancer.
A BRCA genetic mutation can be passed down thru a mother or father to a daughter or son.
My two brothers have since been tested because of the knowledge I learned with genetic counseling and they both, like myself also carry the BRCA2 genetic mutation. This means they are at risk for breast cancer, earlier onset prostate, pancreatic, melanoma and other cancers. With this information they know they need to make better lifestyle choices, perform self breast examinations and discuss this information with their medical professionals for a better understanding of their risk and surveillance. All of this information will also assist them, their children and children’s children for better decisions later as we hopefully progress with new procedures, previvor options and even vaccines for prevention.
As for one of my brother’s, Harvey was diagnosed a few years after I was with breast and then
prostate cancer. From his experience, to assist himself through the process as well as other men who will unfortunately follow in his footsteps, he has written a book called Sir, You Have Breast Cancer! Being a man diagnosed with breast cancer in the world of pink has additional challenges with the actual diagnosis. Hopefully you’ll read his book for a few laughs, insight and to learn more about what his life was like before and after being diagnosed with male breast cancer. It’s definitely an enjoyable read!
Sir, You Have Breast Cancer can be found directly on amazon here;http://www.amazon.com/Sir-You-Have-Breast-Cancer/dp/1484186362/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1444403804&sr=8-1&keywords=Sir%2C+You+Have+Breast+Cancer
Together we have co-founded our non profit organization called HIS Breast Cancer Awareness. You can visit our web site for up to date information as well at www.hisbreastcancer.org
Another great read for anyone going thru a diagnosis or for support after is Surviving Cancer: Our Voices and Our Choices. This is a book of compilations by Marion Behr that will provide a great amount of information and support, will open your hearts and your mind and includes astounding artwork by Marion from used radiation cradles. This is a must read and must see book and has already won several metals!
Surviving Cancer: Our Voices and Our choices can be found directly on amazon here; http://www.amazon.com/dp/0615856004/ref=cm_sw_su_dp
The above books both make great gifts as well and are available on the SHOP page of the HIS Breast Cancer Awareness website as well as available thru amazon. If you shop amazon, please remember to first go to smile.amazon and select HIS Breast Cancer Awareness as your charity of choice. Amazon will make a donation with each purchase so thank you in advance! Or you can click on this link; https://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-1352739
So let’s expand our knowledge, learn from those before us and broaden those articles to include the additional male story of breast cancer to truly educate and save lives. You can also find great links for additional suggested reading materials on our web site here; http://hisbreastcancer.org/knowledge.html
Of course, hopefully you are also reading our blogs so check back often and share.
Modah Ani- I Am Thankful
Best of Health,Editor: Vicki Singer Wolf, Co-founder
Posted by HIS Breast Cancer Awareness at 3:51 PM
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
This is not your typical fall!
The temperatures are dropping and the humidity is less, it’s so nice to welcome the fall season. As summer has officially ended, we are now preparing for the changing of the colors of the leaves, the flowers, yummy apples and all those pumpkins waiting to be carved.
But October represents more than just the fall season as we are surrounded by ribbons of pink to represent breast cancer awareness month. STOP, WAIT, LOOK! What’s that? It’s Pink and Blue?! Do you know that Breast cancer is not just a women’s disease? If we’re going to talk about awareness, then it’s time we really understand there is more to this month than making sure women are checking themselves, going for mammograms and talking with their mother’s about their genetic history.
Sir, You Have Breast Cancer! Imagine hearing those words…
Breast cancer in men is where it was for women so many decades ago, no one uttered these words in public, no one is checking, treatments for it are not understood and most don’t even know that men can be diagnosed with this disease!
So where do we begin? Where breast cancer in women is moving from awareness to the cure, breast cancer in men is just starting it’s focus to educate. For men, knowing they can be diagnosed with this disease and their risk factors including genes what may help to actually save their life.
Several questions men should ask are:
- Do you have a family history of breast (male or female), ovarian, prostate or other cancers?
- Has someone in your family been diagnosed with one of these cancers at an early age?
- Has anyone in your family had genetic testing completed and discussed these results with you?
- As a man, does your doctor perform a breast exam during your yearly physical? Especially if you have a family history of cancer.
It’s time for women to help the men in their life, for doctors to help educate and check their male patients, for the NFL to add some blue to the pink, for our communities involved in raising awareness and dollars help by including men and its time for men to stand up and speak about breastcancer for themselves, not just for the women in their life.
HIS Breast Cancer Awareness is a non profit organization that was created by a brother and sister who are both survivors to assist with all of this. Most men are diagnosed when their breast cancer has progressed because no one is checking and so often more fatal than for women. Working hard everyday, we are doing all we can to help educate by working with many organizations such as Abramson Cancer- Basser Research Center, Boston CollegeBreast Cancer Study, FORCE, Moffitt Cancer Center and many others to help expand knowledge and strive for earlier detection. The updated website provides important information and the tools needed to assist with prevention, diagnosis, treatment and support. From a “How to Perform a Self Breast Exam” as a man, to videos to watch and links to click there’s a great deal of information available including the book written by co-founder and male breast cancer (and prostate) survivor along with awareness products found on the SHOP page.
Pink & Blue, a documentary to help educate the world is now completed and HIS Breast Cancer Awareness is proud to be a part of this amazing work by the acclaimed Director Alan Blassberg and his team. Pink&Blue will help make the changes that are needed thru their large audience on screen. View the trailer on our web site and visit their website for information on where to see this documentary in your area.
So this month when you see “all those ads and promotions” for breast cancer in women, and the pink ribbons, remind your community, your favorite store and especially your family, that breast cancer is not just pink, it’s ‘pink and blue’!
Visit HIS Breast Cancer Awareness for more information on Male Breast Cancer and show your support for an organization that is working hard to make a difference and save lives with education and early detection.
Modah Ani- I Am Thankful
Best of Health,
Editor: Vicki Singer Wolf, Co-founder
Posted by HIS Breast Cancer Awareness at 12:08 PM