Breast cancer in men is rare; however, it does happen. According to recent online article researchers reported that they have isolated another genetic variation that could be connected to male breast cancer. Male breast cancer kills several hundred men in the United States every year. The finding won’t immediately lead to any improvements in treatment for the disease. Still, “by finding more male breast cancer genes, we can understand more about the biology of the disease and, as a result, get a better understanding of how best to treat male breast cancer,” said study author Dr. Nick Orr, a team leader at the Institute of Cancer Research in London. “We hope these findings will also help us to learn more about how the disease works in women, too.” Male breast cancer is approximately hundred times less common than female breast cancer according to the American Cancer Society. It is estimated this year that breast cancer will be diagnosed in approximately 2,190 and United States and will actually kill about 410 men. Although the prognosis for men is similar to that for women much less is known about the disease in men. A study that was released last year discovered that men are diagnosed on average at an older age (70) than women (62). The new study examines the DNA of 123 men diagnosed with breast cancer contrasted with 2795 similar men who were breast cancer free. By analyzing the genes of 438 men with the disease and 474 similarly situated men without the disease, the team discovered a variation in a gene known as RAD51B. This gene was found in 20% of men with breast cancer but only 15% of those without it. The gene is also known to be associated with female breast cancer. For now, the findings are useful in terms of understanding the disease, said Dr. Mikael Hartman, an assistant professor at National University of Singapore. “The ultimate goal is prevention, but that is a long way ahead. Thus, any preventive treatment will have to wait.” While understanding the implication of DNA and what it means to the development of breast cancer in men is inconclusive, men should be aware of one risk factor for developing breast cancer in men. Excessive male breast tissue ;something men rarely talk about. While it is embarrassing and considered largely cosmetic, gynecomastia could put men at some degree of risk for developing breast cancer. The reality is one of the largest connections to breast cancer is the presence of breast tissue. Gynecomastia is male breast tissue that is excessive. Dr. Seify performs gynecomastia surgery which removes male breast tissue as well as the fat associated with it. It is rare that insurance companies will pay for the procedure; however men who invest in having the procedure performed are extremely satisfied with the results from both a health perspective as well as aesthetically. It is not guaranteed that the removal of male breast tissue will prevent a man from developing breast cancer as there is breast tissue that remains. Men who have excessive breast tissue are encouraged to contact Dr. Seify and schedule a consultation to discover their options for having gynecomastia surgery to remove the excess tissue.
Who says you can’t get a new lease on life just by doing a little self-reflection? As we all know it’s often not how we look, but how we feel about ourselves that matters most in day-to-day life. If your 2012 is looking like the perfect time for new beginnings, take some of this time for yourself. Are there parts of your body where you’d love to see an improvement that you just can’t seem to get by following nature’s rules alone? Are you wondering what improvements are possible?

Small Changes, Giant Results

First, plastic surgery isn’t all about high stakes and drastic measures. It’s also not about hating the skin you’re in. Many people are perfectly happy with their appearance, but there’s that one wrinkle that plagues them every time they look in the mirror. Or perhaps you’ve slaved away since last New Year’s Day at the gym only to see that one trouble area persist. Some of the small procedures available today can yield enormous results without breaking your pocket book or forcing you to take time off work. These include:
  • Botox/Injectable Fillers
  • Cellulite/Fat Reduction
  • Skin Peels/Facials
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing
  • Laser Vein Treatment
These treatments can take years off your age, improve your self-image as you step into your future, or simply get rid of something that’s been annoying you ever since your high school days.

Getting Around Genetics

Genetics also play an enormous role in the structural shape of your body. Oftentimes your trouble spots are entirely out of your control. Adjusting these areas of your body can do wonders for your self-confidence, socializing, and quality of life. As plastic surgery grows in popularity, the possibilities have exploded.
  • Blepharoplasty is one plastic surgery that may even be covered by your insurance. If your genetics have cursed you with baggy eyelids that obscure your field of vision, you may be eligible to shave off most of the cost to see clearly.
  • Otoplasty is designed to reduce the size of large ears and help them lie closer to the head.
  • Breast enhancements and breast lifts are some of the most popular plastic surgeries to date. These procedures can completely change a woman’s figure. If you’ve been yearning for a more feminine shape, this type of surgery can also open up an entirely new world of clothing options.
  • Gynecomastias can help a man pare down an ample chest and create a more masculine contour.

Aiding the Exercise Regimen

A big part of being the best version of yourself includes making sure that you practice a healthy lifestyle. Exercise and eating right are two non-surgical changes that can often make the most drastic difference. But if the exercise bike and the weights just aren’t cutting it, body sculpting can help take you that one last mile.
  • Liposuction can remove a stubborn chunk that just won’t budge. Maybe it’s on your thighs or your abdomen, or maybe your upper arms are feeling a little extra cushiony. Oftentimes our bodies store fat in one awkward area. Liposuction can remove fat cells from that specific area and improve your shape permanently.
  • Abdominoplasty is most popular with mothers. Child-bearing causes your body to undergo enormous changes. This procedure removes stretched out skin, allowing you to regain that pre-child bikini belly. An abdominoplasty is often performed in conjunction with a “Mommy Makeover” where a breast lift, liposuction, and breast augmentation can help you bounce back to your original figure.
Eliminating Insecurities You don’t have to be shy or naturally self-conscious to be insecure about a part of your body. We all have our own standard of beauty, our own preferences, parts of our bodies that we love, and parts that could use a tweak or two. There’s nothing wrong with self-improvement. We all do it every day with how we work, how we run our lives, and how we manage our relationships. Being the best that we can be doesn’t have to stop at our personality. With today’s advancements, we can extend this to our bodies as well, and take a comprehensive approach to being the best of who we are.