December 3rd, 2007

Galen 2013

Helping a Statistic

About eight years ago our next-door neighbor died of breast cancer.  She had felt a lump and was too afraid to have it checked out.  The first symptom that she couldn't ignore was the broken foot she suffered when she stepped out of the car.  By that time the cancer had spread to her bones, and her foot couldn't support her weight.

Last week her 60-something widower had a lump on his breast removed and examined.  Cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society breast cancer is 100 times less common in men than in woman. But, 1 in 1000 men are going to get breast cancer during their lifetimes, according to the statistics.

Fortunately, Tony badgered Kaiser into  removing the lump.  He didn't accept their reassurances, and he insisted that they humor him and cut it out. 

The pathology report says is Stage 1 or 2 cancer.  Good.  The five-year survival rate for Stage 1 breast cancer in men is 96% and it's 84% for Stage 2.

I drove Tony to his pre-op physical this morning. He's on the table Thursday, and back home Friday.

Here's hoping that he makes good use of his short odds.