19. Breast Cancer Isn’t Just For Women
There are some conditions and diseases that we all think are gender-specific. One such disease is breast cancer; we all see the pink ribbons during the month of October in support of those who are currently dealing with breast cancer, as well as to honor those who have died from this horrible disease. But no one considers that men have breast tissue also; it’s not as much as women, but it’s still prone to developing cancer cells. lesubreddit managed to meet such a male patient who was presenting some weird symptoms one day.
“In med school, I saw a male patient who came in with a new lump in his right breast. We get a mammogram on him; it turns out the right breast lump is totally benign fat necrosis from prior minor trauma, but on the left breast, which was scanned for comparison purposes, there were some really suspicious looking calcifications and architectural changes. Biopsy on that left breast revealed breast cancer at a very early stage. Unbelievably lucky catch.” This man was lucky that he went to the doctor instead of treating this lump like it was nothing.