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Men and Breast Cancer, Early Menopause and Heart Health, Age and Osteoporosis

admin - October 19, 2012



A Common Misconception about Breast Cancer

We know breast cancer primarily affects women and because of that, men tend to believe they aren’t susceptible to the deadly disease. Unfortunately, this just isn’t the case. Men can get breast cancer, too.Life Line Screening supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, male breast cancer represents about 1 percent of the total breast cancer diagnoses in the United States. Half of the men diagnosed with breast cancer die from the disease. Why? Most men don’t believe they can get breast cancer and therefore ignore any symptoms that pop up, leading to a more advanced stage of cancer once diagnosed.

The article also mentions an informational website on male breast cancer, HisBreastCancer.org, that strives to raise breast cancer awareness for men as well as women.

Do you know a man who has been diagnosed with breast cancer? Tell us about it below.

To read more of this Philadelphia Inquirer article on studies involving male breast cancer, view this link: http://www.philly.com/philly/health/20121017_en_can_and_do_get_breast_cancer__too.html

Early Menopause and Heart Health

Although the focus of October as Breast Cancer Awareness month is incredibly important, we can’t forget the number one killer of U.S. women: heart disease.

Former studies have shown that women who take long-term hormone therapies for menopause have an increased risk of developing breast cancer. This study, published in the current issue of Menopause: The Journal of The North American Menopause Society, reveals a link between early menopause and increased risk of heart disease along with the serious importance of maintaining healthy levels of cholesterol, weight and blood pressure, along with eating more fruits and vegetables.

Life Line Screening urges both men and women to take a proactive stance when it comes to their health by scheduling a preventive health screening. Gain peace of mind or identify a serious health condition like heart disease before it gets worse. Start now.

To read more from the Examiner article on early menopause and heart disease risk, view this link: http://www.examiner.com/article/early-menopause-what-does-it-mean-for-a-woman-s-heart-risk

Think You’re Too Young for Osteoporosis? Think Again

Osteoporosis falls under the category of diseases we commonly link to aging. Many times we think conditions like osteoporosis and stroke only affect the elderly. New reports are showing this isn’t always the case.

“Women and men need to be aware that you don’t need to be old, this isn’t a disease for very old people,” Jacinta Richmond, an active 43-year-old with osteoporosis said in a Brisbane Times article. “This is something that happens now, like it or not, but it’s easy enough to do something about it.”

“Doing something about it” can include anything from more physical activity, a diet with plentiful vitamins and minerals (including calcium), avoiding cigarettes and taking part in health screenings for osteoporosis.

To read more about osteoporosis in younger people, view this link: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/brittle-bones-not-just-an-issue-for-the-elderly-20121017-27rn3.html

Do you know someone who’s been diagnosed with osteoporosis at a young age? Share their story with us below.

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