I have Breast Cancer!

“You need to know that, I even though I am a man, I found out that I have Breast Cancer!”

Can you imagine your husband, father, son or brother coming home and announcing this to you? (I will share the story of Peter Devereaux soon.)

As you may know, Chiropractors are also trained in chiropractic schools how to perform breast examinations. However, most of us do not do this in our clinics. I know that in my Mesa AZ chiropractor clinic it has been used sparingly and for teaching purposes only. But again, because breast cancer can refer pain to the shoulder, neck and back, chiropractors should be more aware of this fact. This Mesa AZ chiropractor knows that now!

Peter Devereaux is a 48-year-old Marine from Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in North Carolina and he is a breast cancer survivor. He currently lives in the Boston area and has been on CNN and interviewed by newspapers like the Chicago Tribune. (This information was gathered from the blog of Tami Boehmer @ http://www.tamiboehmer.com/about). Please read on:

“My Breast cancer journey started on January 11, 2008. I woke up in the morning with a good-sized lump in my chest as my hand bumped into it. At that point in my life, I had no idea men could get breast cancer.

I contacted my doctor and received a mammogram and ultrasound followed by a core biopsy. The doctor called me to let me know I had an aggressive form of breast cancer. It was the first time I knew I had [a] breast.  

I had mastectomy on my left breast and had 22 lymph nodes removed. They were all cancerous.

I started a 14-month program including chemotherapy, radiation and a clinical trial with the drug Lapatanib. My doctors let me know the severity of the disease and the probability of it coming back were strong.

Thirteen days before my treatments were scheduled to end, I started having shooting pain down my spine. Tests confirmed the cancer had traveled to my spine, rib and my hip.

The average life expectancy for my diagnosis is two to three years, but I will never give up or give in. I am continuing to work on bringing education, awareness and research to male and metastatic breast cancer. I will never give up or give in. I continue to search for a cure.

This whole journey has been humbling to say the least. It’s such a weird deal not only to have cancer, but to also have a women’s cancer. My family and friends bring me constant joy, especially when I see my wife and daughter smiling.”- Peter Devereaux

Male breast cancer does indeed happen. As a doctor of chiropractic and clinical nutritionist, I am grateful to say that I have not had a male chiropractic patient diagnosed with Breast Cancer – yet. However, according to the American Cancer Society, in 2010 about 1,970 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among men and about 390 of those will die from breast cancer.

Thankfully, organizations like the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure are educating both women and men of this deadly disease. Self examination is the first step to diagnosis. I hope that you will take the time to learn how to do a self examination and then share this article with others so that they too will learn – and live!

I have included this lesson for your use:

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