• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 57s

Breast cancer genes: A guy problem?

By Ivanhoe Newswire 5:43 PM February 17, 2014

There’s currently no standardized guidelines recommended for men, but men from families with a strong history of breast and ovarian cancer should consider getting tested.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Famous actress Angelina Jolie made headlines when she announced she was having a preventive mastectomy after testing positive for a BRCA mutation. It was a story that caught the attention of women everywhere, but women aren’t the only ones who are affected by these genes.

A year ago, Josh Newby quit his successful job at a dot-com company to care for his mom Theresa.

“It’s the greatest decision I ever made,” Josh told Ivanhoe.

Theresa had stage IV breast cancer and was in hospice until she passed away.

When she was diagnosed, she tested positive for a BRCA gene mutation. She wanted Josh to get the blood test too. His result was also positive.

“I thought, wow, I have this gene. I got to take my life a little more seriously,” Josh said.

Genetic counselor Khateriaa Pyrtel says many don’t realize men can pass the faulty gene to their daughters and women can pass it on to their sons.

“I do find that it’s often like they’re not even thinking about the men in the families. We get the same information from our mothers that we do from our fathers in terms of our genes,” Khateriaa Pyrtel, MS, CGC, Certified Genetic Counselor, Washington University School of Medicine, told Ivanhoe.

Men and women with a BRCA mutation have a 50 percent chance of passing it on. Women with the mutation are up to seven times more likely to develop breast cancer, and at least ten times more likely to develop ovarian cancer.

The risk is much lower for men. Only 2,240 cases of male breast cancers are diagnosed each year. However, men with the mutation are at a higher risk for other types of cancers including prostate, stomach, pancreatic, and melanoma.

The rule of thumb is that men should consider testing if they have a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer. Josh was glad he did.

“I do hope to have children someday, and that’s very powerful information to have,” Josh said.

There’s currently no standardized guidelines recommended for men, but men from families with a strong history of breast and ovarian cancer should consider getting tested.

To learn more about Josh’s foundation, log onto www.metastaticfoundation.org.

Latest Stories

  • News

    Man missing after hike on Far Mountain

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 29, 13:13

    A 19-year-old employee of Chena Hot Springs, a resort near Fairbanks, is missing. Anatoliy Balko left the resort at 9:30 a.m. to hike Far Mountain — a 30-mile trek — according to a dispatch from Alaska State Troopers. Balko was expected to be back at work by 9 a.m. Sunday, but never returned, troopers said. […]

  • News

    Young updating filings to reflect farm stake, lease income

    by Associated Press on Aug 29, 12:34

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Don Young said the Alaska Republican is updating his financial disclosures to show ownership in a family farm dating to the 1990s and income from oil and gas leases. Spokesman Matt Shuckerow says the failure to include the farm prior to his 2015 report was an […]

  • Sports

    East High School football still ranked number 1 in Alaska

    by KTVA Sports on Aug 29, 12:32

    Finally, some staying power. For a second straight week, East High School is the number one ranked large school football team in Alaska, according the Alaska Sports Broadcast Network (ASBN) poll. The T-Birds topped Dimond High School and improved to 3-0 in the 1-2 match — winning 40-20. West High School is back to number […]

  • Lifestyle

    Willy Wonka star, Gene Wilder, dies at age 83

    by Associated Press on Aug 29, 12:00

    Gene Wilder, the star of such comedy classics as “Young Frankenstein” and “Blazing Saddles,” has died. He was 83. Wilder’s nephew said Monday that the actor and writer died late Sunday in Stamford, Connecticut from complications from Alzheimer’s disease. The frizzy-haired actor was a master at playing panicked characters caught up in schemes that only […]

  • Crime

    UPDATE: Police identify 1 of 2 victims in Valley of the Moon Park murders

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 29, 11:46

    Last updated at 11:40 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 29.  The Anchorage Police Department has identified one of the victims as 25-year-old Bryant C. Dehusson of Anchorage. Police said they’re holding the name of the second victim until next of kin is notified. Original story  The Anchorage Police Department is investigating two homicides that were discovered early […]

  • Weather

    It’s never been so hot, so late in Anchorage — until Sunday

    by Rachael Penton on Aug 29, 10:58

    The weather across Southcentral Alaska didn’t disappoint for the final weekend of August, with warm and sunny conditions throughout the region. Anchorage recorded a high temperature of 77 degrees on Sunday, Aug. 28 — something that’s never been done so late in the season. Previously, the latest a temperature of 77 degrees was recorded in Anchorage […]

  • Sports

    No age rule change keeps UAA hockey players on the ice

    by Dave Leval on Aug 29, 10:38

    University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) hockey goalie Olivier Mantha could not wait for training camp. He took to the Wells Fargo Sports Complex ice for voluntarily workouts. “It’s really one of the best times of the year — being back, no school, so we can just practice, get better, work out,” said the junior goalie, […]

  • DayBreak

    Story Time w/ Aunt Phil: 8 decades of the Alaska State Fair

    by Daybreak Staff on Aug 29, 10:33

    The Alaska State Fair is celebrating a milestone this year; 80 years of food and fun. In this installment of Story Time with Aunt Phil, Daybreak explores the reason why the fair started in the first place. The story starts in 1935 when the U.S. Government transplanted 203 families from Minnestoa, Michigan, Wisconsin and Oklahoma […]