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Local male doctor diagnosed with breast cancer

(Photo courtesy of  Levine Children's Hospital) (Photo courtesy of Levine Children's Hospital)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

This is breast cancer story about a male doctor. 

I heard about Dr. Jason Dranove, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Levine Children's Hospital while doing the Facebook live tour in NICU the other morning. He says he's fine with me shouting out his battle to the world.

This young doctor started wondering about his own risk when his uncle was diagnosed.

“My uncle was a tip-off I should look into getting tested to see if I had the BRCA1 gene,” he said.

If you have breast cancer in your family, you know about this gene test. It tells you if you're pre-disposed to be more likely to get cancer.

I had the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene test done back in 2005 because breast cancer runs so heavy on the female side of my family. At that time the test was still really new. My mom and I were both negative.

In Jason’s case, his dad got tested first. He tested positive.

So then he – and his brother and sister – took the test. Both his siblings were negative, but Jason's results came back positive. 

At that point, he and his wife went to speak with a genetic counselor. Positive test results can leave heavy implications for your children or future children… in fact… I’ll never forget the counselor who worked with me and my mom. She said one of her toughest jobs was making sure a parent passing down a gene didn’t feel guilty for doing so.

After the counseling, Jason had his first mammogram.

Yes. Men get mammograms.

Jason's mammogram showed high enough risk that a surgical oncologist suggested a preventative mastectomy. What was removed in that surgery was tested... it showed early stages of breast cancer.

So there you go. Listen to Dr. Dranove, who’s also a patient: MEN CAN GET BREAST CANCER TOO.

“One percent of all breast cancer cases in the U.S. are men," Jason said. "But since men have less breast tissue it can be tougher to find.”

He said he’s grateful he did the testing, counseling and surgery.

“Mostly,” he says, “I’m thankful I didn’t ignore warning signs.”

Feel like we always hear these incredible stories of female fighters in the breast cancer world. Wanted to showcase a man doing the same thing.

Get your mammogram,

Molly

**Editor’s note: This story was first published on Molly Grantham's Facebook page, which is why it’s written in a personal way. 

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