October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. This year, throughout the month of October the Probation Department will pay tribute to breast cancer victims and survivors, as a reminder of the need for awareness and continued research for treatments to combat the deadly disease.
Minister Walter Davis Group Supervisor Nights
End of Watch (EOW) April 29, 2013
by SDPO Tanya C. Davis
The Ribbons are Pink but should be Pink and Blue.
Women get Breast Cancer, but Men get it too.
I am so grateful for this opportunity to bring awareness to Male Breast Cancer and to share my husband’s journey and what I learned as a caregiver.
In April 2011 my husband, Minister Walter Davis, was diagnosed with stage 2 Male Breast Cancer at the age of 45. Male Breast Cancer is less than 1% of all cancers so studies and statistics are very limited, which means treatment at this point is a guessing game.
Walter’s treatment began with a full mastectomy of the right breast on May 18, 2011. He was also prescribed the oral chemotherapy medication Tamoxifen. These
treatments are primarily for women battling breast cancer. We were told if the cancer returned, Walter’s life expectancy would be 2 years.
In 2012, Walter developed a cough that he could not seem to cure. That is when we found out that the cancer returned and infected his lungs, spine, and bones. At that point, the Tamoxifen was discontinued, and he began traditional chemotherapy.
On February 3, 2013 we were told that the cancer was now in his brain. Walter completed 14 sessions of radiation but unfortunately there was no change in his diagnosis.
Walter informed his oncologist that he was done and began hospice on his own terms. Walter went home to be with the Lord on April 29, 2013 (almost 2 years to the day that he was diagnosed).
If you know any males who have a history of breast cancer in their family, please inform them to contact their doctor and request…DEMAND a BRCA1 and BRCA2 Genetic Testing. They should also learn how to conduct self-exams as well. Thank you for taking the time to read my husband’s story.
REAL MEN GET MAMMOGRAMS!