Every other week, 52 year old Bill Morley receives chemotherapy treatment for metastatic breast cancer. "It certainly extends my life and gives me a better quality of life. And, that's what you're really working with now, is quality of life," said Bill honestly.
Bill is one of the rare cases of men in the U.S. diagnosed with breast cancer. Like women, the condition is often detected through a clinical exam, mammogram or ultrasound and eventually a biopsy. Treatment is often the same for men and women. "The typical treatment would be chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation to start off with and then after that some sort of hormonal maintenance therapy," explained Oncologist, Dr. Mitchell Berger.
In Bill's case, he had a radical mastectomy. Because male breast cancer is often detected late, the cancer is more likely to spread, which alters the prognosis for survival. "The average age for a man may be six years with breast cancer. With women, we have women who live 20 or more years with their breast cancer," said Dr. Berger.
It's estimated two thousand new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed this year among men. Doctor's say early prevention is key, which means men should also perform monthly breast exams and see their doctor on a regular basis.