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Breast cancer appears in both genders

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 16th, 2013

When the subject of breast cancer comes up, one’s thoughts generally go to the female. However, it is not strictly found in women. Although the glands in males are inert, those can become cancerous too. Such was the case with a local man, Jim Webb.

When a mole that had appeared on his chest about three months before became “crusty-looking,” wife Karyl thought he should have it looked at. After some prodding, Webb went in to see Dr. Willard Woods (on 9/11 no less) who thought it was just a little cyst. It was sent in for testing. Wednesday evening Woods called with the results. “Got a problem,” he said. “It’s cancerous.”

An appointment was made with surgeon Dr. Doug Schmitz and by the end of the week Jim and Karyl were meeting with him in Torrington.

“‘You have three options’ he told me. ‘1--Leave it alone and hope Woods got it all. 2—Have me look at it and take some more. 3—Take the whole gland out.’ I said, “Take the gland. I don’t need it.”

Webb was told that there were three male cases in Wheatland that same year. He had an aunt with breast cancer but she survived it to live 40 more years (into her late 90s) so it wasn’t a genetic problem.

Webb’s recommendation was to be aware of anything unusual on one’s body. Being aware of the sudden appearance of sores or radical changes in the body can be a clue that something is wrong.

For the complete article see the 10-16-2013 issue.

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