Adventist Health Bakersfield | You + Us | Fall 2019

Getting a rare, but lucky, diagnosis Rob’s lump turned out to be invasive ductal carcinoma— breast cancer. It affects more than 265,000 women nationally each year, but it’s a rare diagnosis for men. Rob says he’s fortunate to have been diagnosed, or he might have ignored the lump. “It wasn’t painful,” says Rob, a 54-year-old IT specialist who lost his parents and his brother to cancer. “My family history was my only saving grace; otherwise I probably would have blown it off.” Breast surgeon Francesca Hoehne, MD, performed Rob’s potentially lifesaving surgery: a double mastectomy. Inspiring Health YOU + US : Together i nsp i red ™ Breaking the chain of cancer When Rob Lieske visited his urologist’s office for a prostate screening, the last thing on his mind was breast cancer. Yet it was during that visit that he first noticed a lump in his chest. His doctor ordered a mammogram. A routine doctor visit takes an unexpected turn YOU + US is printed quarterly (issue 3 of 4) by Adventist Health Bakersfield, 2615 Chester Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93301-2014. Information in YOU + US comes from a wide range of medical experts. If you have any concerns or questions about specific content that may affect your health, please contact your health care provider. Models may be used in photos and illustrations. Questions or comments? Email 2019 © Coffey Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. Sharlet Briggs President | Megan Simpson Executive Editor and Writer | Harold Pierce Editor and Writer | Felix Adamo Photographer | Willis and Williams Design Studio Photographer