Yup. They do. It’s rare – less than 1% of male cancers are breast cancer and less than 1% of breast cancer patients are men – but it happens.
“While it is well known that women who carry the mutation are at increased risk of developing breast (and ovarian) cancer, research published in the UK in July 2010 found that men who carry the gene mutation are also at increased risk of developing breast cancer.
The UK researchers looked at the incidence of male breast cancer in 321 families with BRCA2 mutations, and found that men with the gene mutation have a one in 15 chance of developing breast cancer by the time they reach 70.”
Why do I know this? Mr. W had breast cancer 9 years ago. His mother and several of his Aunties had breast cancer.
Wednesday, we made a quick trip to Sydney for his yearly check. It’s a long day – 3+ hours one way – so we made several stops.
On the road by 10am, our first stop was Berry. I can never resist a stop into Sew & Tell and since I don’t have a current knitting/crochet project – it was time to find a few balls of yarn. I absolutely love Noro silk Garden yarn so several balls came home with me to make this shawl by designer Jenny King – available on Ravelry, my most favorite site for knitting and crochet ideas.
Next, on to Kirrawee and Loftus to quilt shops – they each were quaint in their own way with a ton of product to choose from. I didn’t buy a lot – but did find a floral decorator print for $10/meter (which is unbelievably inexpensive for Australia) and a few hand-dyed embroidery threads.
After an ‘ok’ Thai lunch, it was off to the doctor. After the all-clear, we were back on the road heading out of town with rush hour traffic. A stop for another cappo about 6PM and we were back home shortly after 8pm. Long day. We really and truly are HOME people…..there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home…..