To Clear Something up for you

Ok. Generally I am a bit quiet this week. I’ll be back in the swing next week, but there was something that I just couldn’t let pass.

You know how you can see on your stats page the things that people typed into a search engines to come across your blog? Well, the other day, someone found my blog by typing in, “Can you get breast cancer from someone punching you in the boob?”

I just can’t let some poor frightened soul out there be unsure! So to answer her/him: No. Sleep easy. You do not get breast cancer from someone “punching you in the boob”.

It made me giggle. But it also alarmed me. We’ve still got a lot of work to do, ladies (and gentlemen), getting people informed! Here’s hoping that’s one more issue down!

So, Scared Person, punch away! (you know, if you like that sort of thing…)

Update: I am now noticing that I get that search a lot. Apparently there is a bigger myth circulating out there than I realized!

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6 responses to “To Clear Something up for you

  1. Sarah, one of the best things about blogging is being able to reach out into the world and help others. You just helped that person and anyone else who might be under that impression, or worried about something like that. Even more frightening is that someone out there is perhaps being punched, abused and hurt by a spouse or partner. That’s enough to worry about without adding the worry of breast cancer to the list.

    So many people are afraid to ask questions because they feel the question is stupid or foolish. My opinion that is that the only stupid question is the one you don’t ask.

    Thank you for having done your own search on your blog to know what others are concerned about.

  2. Google searches are fab aren’t they? I once got one for Kaiser Alex ebay and I was creeped out thinking someone wanted to … I dunno … buy my kid or something … I felt better when I learned Alex Kaiser is an artist πŸ™‚

  3. Ed

    Just a note:
    I’m a male and developed DCIS stage 0 about 5 years ago. I had a simple mastectomy after they discovered the DCIS in one of the ducts after a ductal excision I had done before that.

    Although it is likely coincidence, 9 months before my symptoms started (bleeding from the nipple) I had received a hard blow to my left breast (so hard that I thought I’d see bruising the following day which I didn’t). I mentioned this to the first specialist I saw (I didn’t like him so I went to another) and he did say that, as a male, it is conceivable that when tissue that would normally be dormant (in terms of function) became damaged, upon regeneration some mutations might arise that could possibly lead to cancer developing in my male breast. I didn’t fall into any of the risk groups otherwise; non-drinker all my life, non-smoker (although this isn’t a breast cancer risk typically), and not of jewish ancestory (apparently there is a slightly higher risk of male breast cancer among jewish men – at least that’s what the docs told me).

    So I guess, in short, for males anyway, the answer to the question could be a very qualified ‘maybe/perhaps’. Just my two cents. BTW, doing great, now five years later. Just a mastectomy (they didn’t offer me reconstruction, but I really didn’t care as a guy) and no radiation (I told all the docs to not even suggest it to me, EVER ((because I would adimantly refuse)) – although I should mention that the normal course of treatment for my stage was simple excision anyway); bless those that made it through radiation/chemo – but I just saw too many friends and family members go downhill after it, so I had decided long ago, I’d take the surgeons scalpel, but nothing more and just take my chances with the life I had left. I’m still here. πŸ™‚

    • Hi Ed,
      There do seem to always be dissenting voices, but from what I have read, male breast cancer is always genetic. Of course, I’m no oncologist so I wouldn’t suggest that I myself know better than yours. Simply, for me the being hit thing just doesn’t even make scientific sense. If anybody comes across some articles discussing this, I’d be very interested. Thanks for sharing, Ed!

      • Ed

        very well could be although none of the males on either side of my family (even going back a generation or two) ever had male breast cancer…. So, unless I have a great great grandfather, that did???? My own treating physician told me that I was a statistical fluke ….

        who knows?

      • Hi Ed – That’s an interesting point. Hmm…but then again, as I think about it, the same circumstance applies for women. In those are found to have a genetic cause, certainly they don’t have consistent generations of cancer. Even if a woman today has a mother and a grandmother who had genetically-caused cancer, where did the grandmother’s come from? She was the first – but it’s still genetic. How does that work, I wonder?

        Anyhow, I would love to do some more reading on this…

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