Part 3 of our Take Action Against Breast Cancer in November on First News AM is a Q & A with Dr. Alex Ehsan from Texas Oncology. Viewers sent us their questions through Facebook and emails, and we were able to talk with Dr. Ehsan about important breast health issues.
Rachel had wanted Dr. Ehsan to address how breastfeeding can help reduce a woman's chance of getting breast crancer. Dr. Ehsan tells us its benefits are indeed great. It reduces exposure to estrogen and causes the carcinogens to leave the ducts. A report in 2009 shows that breastfeeding reduces a woman's risk of getting breast cancer by 50%. Quite amazing!
Sue from Sherman wanted to know if men can get breast cancer. The answer is yes. In fact, each year, around 1500 cases are reported in the U.S. So, overall, it's 1% of all breast cancers. It is underrepresented because of the typical "pink" representation in the campaign to fight the disease. It is treated the same way a woman's breast cancer is treated. Dr. Ehsan stresses the importance to promote the awareness of male breast cancer, as cancer rates are growing each year. We invite you to check out the organization, HIS Breast Cancer Awareness - http://hisbreastcancer.org/
If you sent us a question, we promise to respond via email or Facebook to you personally, as we work together to take action against breast cancer.