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Topic: Male 25, I just saw my doctor, still unsure

Forum: Male Breast Cancer — For men who have been diagnosed or are at high risk.

Posted on: Nov 19, 2012 02:20PM - edited Oct 27, 2015 03:17PM by samian

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Nov 19, 2012 06:25PM steelrose wrote:

Hi jepherz...
I'm a female, but my Dad had breast cancer so I always encourage the guys to pay attention and follow through when suspicious! It is rare in men, especially at your young age, but I would most certainly get that referral! Go to another general doc if necessary and don't take no for an answer. Chances are good that it's benign, but be safe! I hope one of the guys will come along soon with some words for you... I just wanted to let you know that you're heard! Get that specialist to check you out so you can put this behind you, and go about the business of being 25!

All the best,

Dx 1/22/2010, IDC, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 20, 2012 03:11PM - edited May 21, 2014 11:18AM by TectonicShift

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Nov 20, 2012 03:31PM - edited Nov 20, 2012 03:32PM by CoolBreeze

With Kaiser, you are stuck with their system, unfortunately.  If he goes outside it, he has to pay.  They only let you go elsewhere if they don't provide something and they are pretty complete.  He is going to have to convince them to take this on quickly - or pay.

Where are you?  I'm in NorCal, Sacramento.  I know a doctor who only charges about 100 bucks for an appointment and will probably do the referral for imaging for you but then you have to pay for that imagining.  You can call around, RAS is one that might be willing to work with you.

If you are anything like my oldest son, who is 26, he doesn't have spare funds for this.  If your mother is anything like me, she'lll give you the money.  :)

It is true - you are very unlikely to have breast cancer at your age.  But, if you do, you don't want to wait until you are uninsured to have to deal with it.  

Also, there is no law that says places like Planned Parenthood and Komen and the American Cancer Society only help women.  

What I don't know is if they can do mammograms in men?  I can't imagine that they can but how do they diagnose them?  All through sonogram/biopsy? 

Where is Charles when we need him!

Ann's cancer blog: www.butdoctorihatepink.com .....multicentric/multifocal IDC/ILC+DCIS/LCIS/ADH Official dx? "Your breast was a mess." ~UniMastectomy/Chemo/Herceptin/Tamoxifen/Recon Almost Done! Oh wait. mets to liver 5/21/11 Now Stage IV Dx 8/17/2009, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+
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Nov 20, 2012 04:05PM SusansGarden wrote:

When I was diagnosed with BC, a male employee confided in me that he had a mammogram done.  And he is very slender!  He had one done after his dad was diagnosed with BC.  So yes, mammograms can be done on males.

"If you want to forget all your other troubles, wear too tight shoes." Dx 10/6/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/30/2010 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 2/1/2011 Surgery 7/10/2013 Prophylactic ovary removal
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Nov 28, 2012 01:46PM 1rarebird wrote:

I recommend that you get this lump biopsied ASAP. It sounds similar to the one I had over 3 years ago. All the doctors said it was probably benign but it should be biopsied to make sure. After seeing my mamogram and ultra sound images, my surgon agreed with the other doctors and said "let's just take it out" and you'll be done with it. He did and it turned out to malignant and spreading.  I'm glad I didn't have to wait the month you are being told it'll take before the doctor does something to answer the basic question: is the lump cancer or not?  If it is, you don't want it getting a further head start on its spread while you wait the extra month.  I wish you the best of luck with this.--bird

Dx 5/15/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Nov 30, 2012 08:15PM LuAnnH wrote:

I'm not sure how your insurance works, but what about going to the er?  Usually they try to determine what the problem is and send you on your way.  Maybe they will do a ct scan on your chest to see what it is.  If it is something that should help you get that referral.  Just a thought????

LuAnn -- Dx 7/2/2006, IDC, 2cm, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Dec 3, 2012 05:51AM - edited Dec 3, 2012 04:05PM by 1NippledBandit

I'm a male and was diagnosed at 37 after two family docs (over 2 years) told me it was a simple lipoma.  Bottom line... if you are nervous about it, press the issue with your doctor and have it checked out.  I had a man-o-gram and an ultrasound done on the lump which doctors then called "suspitious".  I then had a bioposy which confirmed cancer.  Two weeks later it was removed and I have been cancer free since.  I was nervous also, but the family docs kept telling me it was nothing.  If you are nervous, get it checked!

Breast cancer, it's not just for women anymore! Dx 6/1/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+, HER2-
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Dec 3, 2012 10:38PM Winnymac wrote:

I think the odds are on your side but for sure push them to go further. With Kaiser you do have to be pro-active when it gets to more serious issues, well downright pushy really. We don't have Kaiser now but used to. Anyway, my husband ignored his lump and when we did go in 5 months ago he was already stage IV. I don't say this to scare you, he is older, 50, but just reassuring you that you are right to take it seriously, if it turns out benign, you will have your peace of mind back.
Keep us posted.

Diagnosis and treatment notes are for my husband with male breast cancer stage IV. Dx 6/15/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 5/8 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/5/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right

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