MIAMI, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Nearly 300 thousand women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the US this year. That’s compared to about two thousand men who will hear the same diagnosis. Meet one husband and wife who battled breast cancer side-by-side and won!
Sue and Stu Wein have shared 44 years of wedded bliss.
Stu Wein explained to Ivanhoe, “I was first.”
Stu found a lump in 2014. A biopsy revealed he had breast cancer. Then Sue was diagnosed with the same thing three years later.
Thomas Samuel, MD, of Cleveland Clinic Florida said, “The ratio of female to male breast cancer is 100 to 1.”
Oncologist Thomas Samuel says this is the first case of husband and wife he’s come across.
“I’ve never actually seen it, nor have I heard of it or read about it, it’s extraordinarily unusual,” stated Dr. Samuel.
Doctor Samuel says 30 percent of male breast cancers have a genetic cause.
Dr. Samuel continued, “We recommend that all male breast cancer patients undergo genetic counseling and likely genetic testing as well.”
Stu had a mastectomy and went through chemo and radiation. Then when his wife was going through it …
“I think I was more cognizant of what she was going through,” Stu said.
Luckily, Sue’s cancer was caught early. She also had surgery and weeks of radiation. Now both are on hormone therapy and they never miss a checkup.
Sue Wein said, “He likes to see us separately when we go in, but no, we’re seen together.”
Both agree battling breast cancer is anything but easy.
“It’s not going to beat me, and it’s surely not going to beat him because I’m not going to let it beat him,” stated Sue.
Now enjoying every moment with their granddaughter.
Doctor Samuel says men need to know their risk factors and recommends they also do self breast exams. He says that’s why Stu’s breast cancer was caught early. Stu believes if he didn’t do his self-exams, he would not be here today. For more information please visit clevelandclinic.org.
Contributor(s) to this news report include: Janna Ross, Producer; Judy Reich, Videographer; Roque Correa, Editor.
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