The Weekly: A journey with male breast cancer, melanoma stories, community grants, and more

Published on August 27, 2021

The Weekly

Feature story

Len Robertson: My Journey with Male Breast Cancer

WEDNESDAY, August 25, 2021 (Verywell Health)—To most people, I don’t look like a typical person who gets diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer—but it happened to me.

It all started with a pain in my chest. I immediately went to get it checked out by the breast specialists at SUNY Downstate Hospital in Brooklyn, where I had been treated six years prior for an issue with my right nipple. At that point in time, it was only a benign tumor, which I had removed, but I was cautioned to keep an eye out for any other issues, as cancer was a possibility.

It turned out that the pain I was experiencing years later was, in fact, breast cancer, and I was diagnosed by the same specialists who had helped me remove my tumor years before.

In other news…

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ESPN analyst Dick Vitale has melanoma skin cancer removed: ‘I was a little shook up’
August 21, USA Today 

COVID-19 Booster Shots for Most Cancer Patients: What to Know
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Foundation news

Prevent Cancer Foundation awards $250,000 to community programs throughout the U.S.

Prevent Cancer Foundation awards $250,000 to community programs throughout the U.S.

To advance the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s bold goal to reduce cancer deaths by 40% by 2035, the Foundation’s community grants program announces support of 10 projects dedicated to increasing cancer prevention and early detection in medically underserved communities across the U.S., from Cheyenne, Wyoming, to Bangor, Maine. The projects were selected through a highly competitive grants process, and each program will receive a one-year $25,000 grant.

Each project focuses on increasing education and screening for breast, cervical, colorectal, liver or lung cancer in the wake of mass screening postponements and cancellations due to COVID-19. These projects will have a direct impact on medically underserved populations, many of whom lack access to cancer prevention and early detection services. Learn more.

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