YOUNGER MALE RELATIVE WITH MASS

YOUNGER MALE RELATIVE WITH MASS

YOUNGER MALE RELATIVE WITH MASS I HAVE A MALE RELATIVE AGED 26 WHO FOUND A LARGE LUMP OVER A FEW MONTHS AGO ON HIS BREAST.HE WENT TO HIS GP WHO WAS CONCERNED THAT THE LUMP WAS GROWING IN SIZE AND HE ADMITTED HE THOUGHT IT WAS CANCER. MY FAMILY MEMBER WAS THEN SENT TO THE BREAST CLINIC ON THURSDAY.HIS APPOINTMENT CARD THAT HE RECIEVED STATED HE WOULD RECIEVE A SCAN AND A BIOPSY BUT WHEN HE WENT TO THE SPECIALIST THIS DID NOT OCCUR.THE SPECIALIST LOOKED AT THE LUMP AND ALSO EXAMINED IT.HE SAID HE THOUGHT IT WAS A TUMOUR/CYST BUT THAT IT WAS NON-MALIGNANT AND DID NOT HAVE TO BE OPERATED ON.MY RELATIVE ASKED IF HE COULD HAVE THE OPTION TO HAVE THIS REMOVED AND THE SPECIALIST STATED NO AND SAID HE DID NOT NEED FURTHER TESTS.HE ALSO STATED AS HE IS OVERWEIGHT IT WILL BE MORE COMMON FOR HIM TO DEVELOP THESE MASSES. UNDERSTANDBLY MY RELATIVE IS EXTREMLY CONFUSED AS TO HOW THE SPECIALIST DETECTED THIS IS NON-MALIGNANT WITHOUT FURTHER TESTS.SHOULD HE SEEK A SECOND OPINION?OR SHOULD WE BE HAPPY WITH THE INFORMATION GIVEN. THANKS EVERYONE.

Hi Therese,

Just wanted to tell you about what happened to me. I had a tiny breast lump which my GP and then subsequently my very experienced Breast Surgeon told me was a fibroadenoma. They both said that on clinical examination it wasn’t a malignancy for many reasons. Fortunately both of them used the ‘better to be safe’ approach and I had a fine needle aspiration biopsy of the lump on my first appointment to the clinic. My Surgeon was totally shocked when the results came back and the rest you’ll see from my profile.
I would definately advise a second opinion and investigation for your relative. Best of luck.
Carla

Go for 2nd opinion Hi Therese
Please tell your relative to go for 2nd opinion…i needed 3 opinions and only after 18 months of not investigating properly did they diagnose my cancer…see profile.
Wishing him lots of luck
Anna

Hi Therese

I’m sorry your relative has had to go through this. It angers me that those who do not fall into the ‘typical’ category are so often dismissed. Unfortunately your relative has been hit with the double-edged sword of being both young and male.

If I were you I would repost on the ‘men diagnosed with breast cancer’ board. There are men on there who have been through this and will be able to advise you. One of the men had to fight to get hormone therapy, even though his breast cancer was hormone sensitive, just because he is male. He campaigns a lot and has been on television and in the press so he will have first hand experience of the prejudice your relative is facing and how best to overcome it.

Best of luck. If he was female I doubt he would be happy with being told his problems are due to being overweight. It shouldn’t be any different just because he is a man. Whatever happens I think a second opinion is definitely in order.

Good luck. Please don’t let this go and let us know how things progress.

Lola x