the feminist critique of science

Pearse Ward wardp at herald.usask.ca
Tue Sep 12 18:34:06 EST 1995


In article <434khe$1pm at uwm.edu>, pcsmith at alpha2.csd.uwm.edu (Paul Curtis
Smith) wrote:

> joy frestedt (frest001 at MAROON.TC.UMN.EDU) wrote:
> : Actually, many reports do exist which study RARE men with breast
cancer.  I'm 
> : most familiar with the cytogenetic studies but drug studies, etc. are also 
> : present.  (flame retardant: I never said these weren't worth studying!)
> : Joy
> 
>      In fact, just this last weekend I gave money to a group of bikers (as
> in Harley...) who were soliciting for a breast cancer research fundraiser in
> part by pointing out that this is a disease that strikes both men and women.
> This is apparently a not-that-poorly-known fact. 
> 
> Paul

Breast Cancer in men 0.2/100,000 (1988-1990) deaths male = 272 (1990)
Breast Cancer in Women 27.4/100,000 (1988-1990) deaths female = 43,391 (1990)
(figures from the American Cancer Society and apply to the US only)

That makes breast cancer in men about 1/3 as common as Hodgkin's disease
(0.7/100,000 in men, 0.4/100,000 in women) an about 1/10 as common as any
of the other 20 most common cancers. That doesn't mean it isn't worth
studying. It probably means that it won't get very much attention.

Pearse

-- 
Pearse Ward
Dep't Veterinary Microbiology
Western College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK
http://www.usask.ca/~wardp

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