Monday, October 28, 2019

Mathew Knowles & Male Breast Cancer: Celebrity Survivor Saves Lives through Advocacy

MATTHEW KNOWLES INTERVIEW at the Dr. Oz Show
(courtesy of Sony Pictures Television)

  
Full video interview. For additional info, visit: www.DrOz.com


BREAST CANCER- YES, MEN GET IT TOO!
By: Dr. Jesse Stoff / Edited by: Carmen R. Dewitt of therightwriters.com

Ten years ago, if you inquired about male breast cancer at your annual physical, most doctors would likely dismiss your fears by responding about “how incredibly RARE, or improbable it was to contract this”.  This lack of public information is a common testimony from many male breast cancer survivors- the same dilemma that is now recognized as a main contributor to the expansion of this silent epidemic.  The term “RARE” is often misleading and alluding to something reversible and of little concern. When it comes to any health disorder, the limited numbers of cases showing are only the ones reported but are often skewed due to the ‘real’ count that would constitute a baseline- from the individuals that have not come forward to be counted.  According to the CDC, for any disease to capture EPIDEMIC proportions, it must “rises above the expected level, or baseline… where there is a [sudden] increase in the number of cases in that population in that area.”


BEYONCÉ'S DAD BRINGS "NEW AMMO" TO MALE BREAST CANCER BATTLE
Survivor Michael Singer (L) gives appreciation to Mathew Knowles (R)
at Dr. Oz show for going public with his breast cancer for global awareness
Oct. 12, 2019- Recent data reflecting actual cases about male breast cancer has finally reached the tipping point in the visibility scale as more news coverage from advocacy groups and victims finally ‘going public’ have filled the media.  Thanks to survivors like Mathew Knowles (music producer and father of BeyoncĂ©) who elected to publicize his breast cancer significantly contributed to public awareness, identifying this issue as a serious threat to public health.

“One of our main objectives at the Male Breast Cancer Coalition is to publish all survivor stories to alert the men at large that this is not a cancer to ignore… it’s not so RARE or IMPOSSIBLE to contact,” states Cheri Ambrose, president. “Learning about Mr. Knowles’ story from the newspapers and Good Morning America, and then sharing airtime with him at Dr. Oz was such a powerful sign of support to our advocacy mission because he elected to use his own story and his celebrity to get people to pay attention. This is the kind of generosity that can truly save a lot of lives just on pure awareness alone!”

EXTRA: MALE BREAST CANCER FEATURE
From the American Heart Association News
In an October interview with the American Heart Association News, Mathew Knowles shared his new mission of advocacy and awareness hoping to save more lives from a disease that has now captured headlines as a global health alert. He detailed his rare gene mutation called BRCA2 as what the medical community identifies as the main cause for this cancer and possibly others. Sharing the entire road of discovering the first symptoms to having undergone a mastectomy on his right breast, Mr. Knowles has forged a national commitment to speaking out about breast cancer in men.   "My opportunity is to help people have awareness of the BRCA gene (mutation) and of male breast cancer…things happens for a reason. I'm grateful for this opportunity to save myself, hopefully save my family and hopefully impact the world in an extremely positive way."

As a longtime volunteer for the American Heart Association, Knowles knew he was fighting more than cancer, the No. 2 killer of Americans. Cancer patients can experience cardiac complications related to treatments including chemotherapy and radiation or as a result of the hormonal changes that follow procedures such as removal of the ovaries.[heart.org - source news]

“GET CHECKED NOW!”
Arnaldo Silva, breast cancer survivor and Sr. Ambassador
of the Male Breast Cancer Coalition touts life saving message
The First Responders Cancer Resource was established in 2017 by a partnership between 9/11 survivors and medical experts in conventional and advanced cancer care. Their flagship catch-phrase “GET CHECKED NOW!” was partly designed for the many potential cancer targets in the firefighter community who needs to take a more proactive stance at annual exams and awareness about how cancer truly performs. Ms. Ambrose and the many ambassadors of MBCC adopted this tagline because of a similar dilemma among men who are either slow to act when it comes to finding anomalies like lumps on the chest area.

“By now, we all know that dealing with cancer has everything to do with TIME… the sooner you detect it, the better the likelihood of reversing the problem,” states cancer imaging expert Dr. Robert Bard. “Where women have been conditioned to do self-exams regularly, finding irregularities (like lumps under the nipple or abnormal discharge) are not often part of a man’s health regimen.  Meanwhile, the medical community has a defined set of factors that help identify an increase in risks for breast cancer including age (60+), exposure to estrogen, obesity and liver diseases as this increases female hormones in men. The good news is that technologically, we have much more than the conventional mammograms… the cancer imaging community is equipped with new innovations such as the high-speed Advanced 3D Ultrasound that’s far more accurate and completely comfortable especially for men.”

Where the stigma of men having breasts and getting mammograms often sits awkwardly with the typical male ego, more and more victims are now sharing their stories at the MBCC website (and throughout mainstream media) with the hopes of waking up the men to GET CHECKED and accept this disease a major reality.  According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 800 men will be diagnosed in their lifetime… and an estimated 500 men will die of breast cancer this year. From a recent interview, Dr. Stephen Chagares (breast surgeon) detailed how Male Breast Cancer is often identified and points to early detection for the best chance at survival.  “It’s either spotting a mass somewhere in the chest area or a strange discharge or a bloody nipple drainage… it’s better if you find these symptoms at an early enough stage but unfortunately it becomes actual breast cancer because they’re not identified until longer down the road.”




DETOX 101 
(from Dr. Stoff's presentation at the Male Breast Cancer Coalition annual conference)
Toxins are the number one way that cancers get initiated, and one of the things you might think about doing are some basic detox things on a regular basis.  A simple Google search will get you started on this path to better health. As one example of many, you’ll find that plastic bottles are not the best form of bottle water. Glass is better because if plastic bottles get hot, they can breakdown a little bit and create some issues, but it's better than what comes out of the tap around here. A recent article that came out December of 2018 in JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association) that looked at organic foods in terms of cancer prevention. They concluded that eating an organic diet decreased the risk and risk of recurrence of all known cancers. An organic diet means you’re basically avoiding the toxins that could be cancer initiators, but you're also eating a diet that has a much higher nutrient density that your body needs in order to function and work properly. (Review Complete Article)

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Special thanks to Dr. Oz and Mathew Knowles and producers Hilary Berk & Pauline Hadad of the Dr. Oz Show, AwarenessforaCure.org, the NY Cancer Resource Alliance,  the AngioFoundation and the American Heart Association News for additional content.  Additional thanks to Peggy Miller, Cheri Ambrose, Michael Singer & Arnaldo Silva the Male Breast Cancer Coalition (www.MaleBreastCancerCoalition) and Dr. Robert L. Bard from MBCScan.com/ Breast Cancer Imaging Center, NYC.



WRITING CONTRIBUTORS

JESSE STOFF, MD, HMD, FAAFP - Cancer Immunologist / Publisher of Wellness Programs
Dr. Stoff is a highly-credentialed medical expert studying all medical remedies in pursuit of resolving the most challenging health issues of our time. In many circles, he is recognized for his 35+ years of dedicated work in immunology and advanced clinical research in modern CANCER treatments. He has spoken worldwide in some of the most sought-after medical conferences about his experiences and analyses on the study of human disease. His integrative practice (INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE OF NY, Westbury, NY) has been continually providing all patients with the many comprehensive clinical options and modalities available- including "ONCO-IMMUNOLOGY", the science of battling cancer cells and reversing pre-cancerous conditions through a complete prevention program that has earned him great success in this field.  For more information, visit: www.Dr.JesseStoff.com

CARMEN R. DEWITT - Cancer Immunologist / Publisher of Wellness Programs
For the past two decades, Carmen has dedicated her writing craft to support eco-conscious publications, the wellness community and cancer awareness advocacy orgs under the "RightWriters" brand.  With combined credentials in photojournalism (NYU), public relations and screenwriting (SUNY Purchase/NYU), she helped promote countless educational programs and online publications. She also helped establish networks including Awarenessforacure.org, the NY Cancer Resource Alliance, Immunologyfirst.org, the First Resounders Cancer Resource and is a contributing content producer for the AngioFoundation(501c3).Carmen resides in West Islip, NY and is available for freelance assignments @ www.TheRightWriters.com  


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