Father and daughter both diagnosed with breast cancer
May 25, 2011
Men and women are both susceptible to breast cancer and in the case of the Norman Rogers and his daughter Dianne Cavender, the disease struck them both within two years of each other, according to a new report from KSDK.
Norman's case reflects how important it is that men do not overlook a lump in their breasts. Norman had felt a lump at least a few months before he went in for a proper diagnosis.
"Being a man I didn't think I could get it. I knew I had a problem months before, but then again, being a man, you realize you've got a knot or a hard spot you think that's nothing, it's to be expected," the 70-year-old father to Dianne told the news source.
The American Cancer Society reports that more than 200,000 women are newly diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Almost 2,000 men are also diagnosed yearly with the disease. Women over the age of 40 should receive annual mammograms, while younger men and women should perform self breast exams as well as have clinical exams regularly.