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Hey Guys,
Just a while ago, got back from hospital, after having my left breast and two lymph nodes under my arm removed. A few weeks ago my breast was sore which of course is unusual. I felt around and had a hard lump and showed my wife. She nagged me into getting a doctors appointment and he sent me for a biopsy. The referral to a surgeon came next and within a few days I was into a private hospital to have surgery ( my wife has nagged me not to drop our private health cover when the premiums kept going up, thank goodness as on the public system it is much slower) I am now at home with a drain still attached which a home nurse will hopefully take out tomorrow afternoon. Next week it is back to the specialist to see if the cancer has spread. Much reassessing of what is really important in life. I still haven't told any of my riding buddies as it is a funny (odd) thing to bring up. I write this here to maybe make you other old guys aware that we need to listen to our wives and keep checking ourselves out. (ref Tennex,s post)
Live for today, who knows if there will be a tomorrow.
 

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Wow, never know what to expect.
Hope that the Docs have removed the cancer.
Wish you well! Prayers for you!

The American Cancer Society estimates for breast cancer in men in the United States for 2019 are:
About 2,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed
About 500 men will die from breast cancer

Even though males do not develop milk-producing breasts, a man's breast cells and tissue can still develop cancer.
Even so, male breast cancer is very rare. Less than one percent of all breast cancer cases develop in men,
and only one in a thousand men will ever be diagnosed with breast cancer.
Per www.nationalbreastcancer dot org/male-breast-cancer
 

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Smart move keeping your private insurance. My sister lives in Brisbane, so I do hear about OZ healthcare.

Smart move to see a doctor right away.
All the best.
 

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Best wishes to you, Lofty. It's good that you caught it early.
I lost my Dad to lung cancer when he was 62.
Long before he got sick he told me "You don't know what's important in life until you start losing your health.".
Now at age 63, I think of that often...
 

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An Update. My specialist rang this afternoon to say they got the biopsy reports on the cancer and lymph nodes and they are very confident they have got it all. Yee Hah! Here in Australia we get ten days paid sick leave a year, and as I am up to twentyfive owing, it is almost (not really) worth losing a breast to get three weeks paid off of work, as I am old, grumpy, and sick of working. Standing in front of the mirror I look like some demented pirate now with only one nipple. Breast cancer is one of the better ones to get (if you have to get it and who wants to) as it is very rare for it to return once you cut it out. Thanks for your support guys and remember to check yourselves out. Looks like its back to risk taking and having fun.
 

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Prayers offered up...GodBless you and yours...:thumbup:
 

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Prayers for your successful recovery, Lofty. Glad you caught it early. Enjoy your R & R.
 

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Looks like you got it covered mate! Cancer is a bitch and takes no prisoners. keep riding bro
 

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Hey Lofty,

GREAT to hear you're recovering well and the docs gave you a positive prognosis. Thoughts & prayers to you and yours.
 

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An Update. My specialist rang this afternoon to say they got the biopsy reports on the cancer and lymph nodes and they are very confident they have got it all. Yee Hah! Here in Australia we get ten days paid sick leave a year, and as I am up to twentyfive owing, it is almost (not really) worth losing a breast to get three weeks paid off of work, as I am old, grumpy, and sick of working. Standing in front of the mirror I look like some demented pirate now with only one nipple. Breast cancer is one of the better ones to get (if you have to get it and who wants to) as it is very rare for it to return once you cut it out. Thanks for your support guys and remember to check yourselves out. Looks like its back to risk taking and having fun.
I wish you all the best. As a gastroenterologist I can not offer any help for your problem but if you need any advice in my field please contact me and this also applies to other VTXOA members. I am 65 yrs young and still work three days a week.
 
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