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|12/15/2011||My husband's maternal grandfather died at 52 of breast cancer. Both my husband's mother and aunt have had invasive, aggressive breast cancer, but are BRACA negative. Does my husband need any kind of screening and if so what is the best screening for a male? Thank in advance for your help.|
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|12/15/2011||Surprising actually that the genetic test was negative. This is considered significant family history however so the family may have a gene for which there simply isn't a blood test for yet. That said, a clinical breast exam by his primary care physician would be wise to do. no mammogram needed. it is usually pretty easy to feel a tumor when it is small within a men's breast too. Men commonly delay telling anyone though, due to not wanting to acknowledge it as well as acknowledge that a man even has breasts. it would be helpful for him to be shown how to check himself (usually done in the shower) too.|
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