6 Male Celebrities Who Were Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

6 Male Celebrities Who Were Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

While most people associate breast cancer with women| the opposite sex is certainly not immune to the disease. Our friends at Men’s Health have a list of famous men who have all been diagnosed with breast cancer.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month| and while the vast majority of those diagnosed with breast cancer are female| it can also be a health risk for guys.

About 1% of breast cancer diagnoses are men| which may not seem like a lot| but it amounts to about 2|000 men every year and approximately 440 deaths.

Just like women| it’s important for men to also check regularly for a mass in their chests. As with all cancers| early detection is key. (Find out Why Some People Ignore Their Cancer Symptoms.)

For further proof that male breast cancer isn’t all that uncommon| here are 6 famous guys| from actors to rock stars to politicians| who were diagnosed with (and sometimes beat) breast cancer.

| Richard Roundtree

The actor best known for playing the eponymous role in 1971’s Shaft u2014 the black private dick that’s a sex machine to all the chicks u2014 was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993.

“”I thought he was questioning my manhood|”” he wrote in an essay for Essence in 2009| sharing the day his doctor first told him he had breast cancer. “”Women die from this| not men. How could I possibly have that?””

Did He Survive? Yes. After a double mastectomy and chemotherapy.

| Rod Roddy

The iconic game show announcer| whose jovial voice greeted contestants to “”Come on down!”” for 17 years on The Price is Right| suffered from both colon cancer and male breast cancer.

Did He Survive? No. After a mastectomy in 2002| he lost his battle the following year.

| Edward Brooke

In 1966| Edward Brooke became the first African-American elected to the Senate. In September of 2002| Brooke was diagnosed with breast cancer.

He originally assumed that the pain he was feeling| just under his right nipple| was a pulled muscle from gardening.

Did He Survive? Yes. He underwent a double mastectomy| and remained cancer free until his death in January 2015 at age 95.

| Peter Criss

“”You don’t need boobs to get breast cancer|”” the KISS drummer told Fox News in 2014.

The legendary musician| who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014 (along with the rest of KISS)| found a lump in his left breast after a workout in 2007.

Did He Survive? Yes. Since his successful surgery| Criss has been an outspoken advocate for male breast cancer awareness.

| Ernie Green

Ernie Green| a fullback with the Cleveland Browns from 1962 to 1968| discovered a lump in his chest in 2005| but was told not to worry by a doctor| due to the rarity of male breast cancer.

Green got a second opinion| and a mammogram and biopsy revealed that it was indeed cancer.

Did He Survive? Yes. He received a mastectomy| as well as eight sessions of chemotherapy| and he has been cancer-free since 2006.

| Montel Williams

In 2012| talk show host and television personality Montel Williams appeared on the Dr. Oz show to talk about his emotional eating| which began after a very traumatic event when he was 19.

While serving as a U.S. Marine| he was diagnosed with breast cancer and received a double mastectomy. Only later was it discovered that he simply had a torn pectoral muscle and the entire surgery was completely unnecessary.

Did He Survive? Yes. And despite being “”butchered”” by his surgeons (his word)| he re-discovered his self-esteem with weightlifting.

u2014 Brian Vanhooker

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Large Study Confirms This Worrisome Link Between Alcohol and Breast Cancer

It’s true that alcohol in moderation can be good for your health, but weighing the pros and cons of your daily glass of wine is always a good idea. A new, large European study reinforces this idea by confirming that every glass of alcohol you drink increases your risk of breast cancer.

Related: Foods That Prevent Breast Cancer

In the study, published in the International Journal of Cancer, researchers followed the habits of more than 334,000 women aged 35 to 70 for 11 years and found that alcohol consumption was a determining risk factor for developing breast cancer. In fact, they calculate that while drinking a glass a day increases the risk by one percent, drinking two glasses of wine or beer a day increases your risk of breast cancer by four percent. In other words, with each drink, you’re quadrupling your risk of breast cancer. The scientists also found that long-term exposure to alcohol was also a risk factor, meaning that the longer you’ve been an alcohol drinker, the higher your risk of developing breast cancer.

Limiting alcohol intake has long been recommended by health organizations as a way to prevent diseases like cancer ¡ª in fact, one study from 2007 found that drinking three glasses of any type of alcohol a day increases your risk of breast cancer by 30 percent ¡ª but this large study is just one more big confirmation that habits like alcohol intake can have a direct and lasting impact on your health. Read more of our tips on how women of any age can reduce their risk of breast cancer here.

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Large Study Confirms This Worrisome Link Between Alcohol and Breast Cancer

It’s true that alcohol in moderation can be good for your health| but weighing the pros and cons of your daily glass of wine is always a good idea. A new| large European study reinforces this idea by confirming that every glass of alcohol you drink increases your risk of breast cancer.

Related: Foods That Prevent Breast Cancer

In the study| published in the International Journal of Cancer| researchers followed the habits of more than 334|000 women aged 35 to 70 for 11 years and found that alcohol consumption was a determining risk factor for developing breast cancer. In fact| they calculate that while drinking a glass a day increases the risk by one percent| drinking two glasses of wine or beer a day increases your risk of breast cancer by four percent. In other words| with each drink| you’re quadrupling your risk of breast cancer. The scientists also found that long-term exposure to alcohol was also a risk factor| meaning that the longer you’ve been an alcohol drinker| the higher your risk of developing breast cancer.

Limiting alcohol intake has long been recommended by health organizations as a way to prevent diseases like cancer ¡ª in fact| one study from 2007 found that drinking three glasses of any type of alcohol a day increases your risk of breast cancer by 30 percent ¡ª but this large study is just one more big confirmation that habits like alcohol intake can have a direct and lasting impact on your health. Read more of our tips on how women of any age can reduce their risk of breast cancer here.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / THEM TOO

This Must-Read News Will Drastically Affect Breast Cancer Screenings

If you’re a woman (or somebody who loves a woman), then listen up: this news is for you. The American Cancer Society, which has long been the authority on preventive screening protocols, has officially changed its guidelines regarding mammograms. In a move quite contrary to the ACS’s former recommendations ¡ª which urged women to begin annual testing at age 40 ¡ª the institution now says that women with no predisposition for breast cancer begin exams later and less frequently. According to the new recommendations, 45-year-old women at an average risk for breast cancer should start annual mammograms until age 54, when they can reduce testing frequency to every other year.

Another big change to the ACS guidelines regards clinical breast examinations, which your doctor usually performs during your gynecological exam: instead of the previously recommended annual exams, the society now says that women of average risk no longer need the tests at all. However, the American Cancer Society emphasizes that these new guidelines are “recommendations,” allowing women to choose whichever route of breast cancer screening they feel most comfortable with. So to make an informed decision about your health, be sure to read the ACS’s full statement for all the details, and always stay educated about ways that you can reduce your risk for breast cancer.

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This Must-Read News Will Drastically Affect Breast Cancer Screenings

If you’re a woman (or somebody who loves a woman)| then listen up: this news is for you. The American Cancer Society| which has long been the authority on preventive screening protocols| has officially changed its guidelines regarding mammograms. In a move quite contrary to the ACS’s former recommendations ¡ª which urged women to begin annual testing at age 40 ¡ª the institution now says that women with no predisposition for breast cancer begin exams later and less frequently. According to the new recommendations| 45-year-old women at an average risk for breast cancer should start annual mammograms until age 54| when they can reduce testing frequency to every other year.

Another big change to the ACS guidelines regards clinical breast examinations| which your doctor usually performs during your gynecological exam: instead of the previously recommended annual exams| the society now says that women of average risk no longer need the tests at all. However| the American Cancer Society emphasizes that these new guidelines are “recommendations|” allowing women to choose whichever route of breast cancer screening they feel most comfortable with. So to make an informed decision about your health| be sure to read the ACS’s full statement for all the details| and always stay educated about ways that you can reduce your risk for breast cancer.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Ericka McConnell

This Organization Helps Breast Cancer Survivors Heal in the Most Badass Way Possible

This Organization Helps Breast Cancer Survivors Heal in the Most Badass Way Possible

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This Organization Helps Breast Cancer Survivors Heal in the Most Badass Way Possible

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Strong and Courageous: Celebrity Breast Cancer Survivors

Strong and Courageous: Celebrity Breast Cancer Survivors

In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month| we’re paying tribute to some of the celebrities who’ve fought the disease in a very public way. We applaud both the courage of these women and the efforts they have made in speaking out for the cause.

u2014 Additional reporting by Emily Bibb

| Joan Lunden

Former Good Morning America host Joan Lunden was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer this past June. She has been outspoken about her diagnosis| discussing it on-air and even shooting the cover of People after losing her hair.

| Jane Fonda

Actress and fitness guru Jane Fonda was diagnosed with a noninvasive cancer after having a lump removed in 2010. She is now cancer-free.

| Kim Gordon

After separating from her husband and Sonic Youth bandmate Thurston Moore in 2011| Kim Gordon was diagnosed with noninvasive breast cancer. She was treated with a lumpectomy and is now back to performing.

| Hoda Kotb

At 43| Today show anchor Hoda Kotb was diagnosed with breast cancer and endured a very public battle. She let Today show cameras follow her every step of the way u2014 from her mastectomy| treatment| and reconstructive surgery. After she announced she was cancer-free| the Today show aired her very public journey.

| Robin Roberts

Good Morning America cohost Robin Roberts was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007| emphasizing the importance of doing self breast exams and attending regular doctor visits. Although she beat breast cancer| she was diagnosed earlier this year with a rare blood disorder called myelodysplastic syndrome and is currently undergoing treatment.

| Sheryl Crow

In 2006| Sheryl Crow was diagnosed with cancer just weeks after splitting from fiancu00e9 and fellow survivor Lance Armstrong. The 47-year-old singer underwent minimally invasive surgery to treat the disease but has recently been diagnosed with a benign brain tumor.

| Suzanne Somers

Suzanne Somers went public about her battle with breast cancer on Larry King Live in 2001. Somers underwent a lumpectomy to remove the cancer followed by radiation therapy but sparked controversy for choosing alternative medicine over chemotherapy.

| Jaclyn Smith

Charlie’s Angels actress Jaclyn Smith underwent a lumpectomy and radiation to treat her cancer in 2002.

| Dame Maggie Smith

Dame Maggie Smith underwent intensive chemotherapy treatments in 2008 to battle her breast cancer.

| Kathy Bates

Recently diagnosed with breast cancer| actress Kathy Bates underwent a double mastectomy this past September. Keeping a positive attitude is how Bates plans on beating her second cancer diagnosis u2014 she beat ovarian cancer nearly a decade ago.

| Betsey Johnson

After one of Betsey Johnson‘s saline breast implants deflated in 2002| the fashion designer had both implants removed| which led to the discovery of a small lump in her breast. Keeping the news a secret from everyone but her daughter| Betsey underwent radiation therapy and a lumpectomy to remove the cancer.

| Diahann Carroll

Former Grey’s Anatomy star Diahann Carroll was diagnosed with breast cancer in her early 60s in 1998. Ten years later| she released a comedic bestselling book about her battle with breast cancer.

| Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John’s diagnosis came in 1992| and after debating going the holistic route| she went with chemotherapy and a mastectomy to fight the disease.

| Giuliana Rancic

While attempting to get pregnant| Giuliana Rancic was diagnosed with breast cancer during a routine mammogram appointment. In December 2011| she underwent a successful double mastectomy and has recently become a mother!

| Martina Navratilova

In early 2010| tennis champion Martina Navratilova was diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer. After six weeks of radiation therapy| Martina happily reported in late September that she is cancer-free.

| Kate Jackson

After detecting breast cancer during a mammogram in 1987| Charlie’s Angels alum Kate Jackson underwent a lumpectomy and radiation treatments. Two years later| when a recurrence was detected| Jackson underwent a partial mastectomy. The cancer has been in remission ever since.

| Maura Tierney

After feeling a lump in her breast during a self-examination| Maura Tierney learned from doctors that she had an aggressive form of the disease. Fighting it became her number one priority| leading her to drop out of NBC’s Parenthood. After undergoing surgery and chemo| Maura reported being cancer-free in early 2010.

| Gloria Steinem

Activist and feminist icon Gloria Steinem was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1986. A lumpectomy and radiation followed.

| Edie Falco

In 2003| while working on The Sopranos| Edie Falco was diagnosed with Stage I breast cancer; the show’s producer worked Edie’s filming schedule around her treatments. When Edie’s cancer went into remission| she began the adoption process| adopting baby boy Anderson in January 2005.

| Cynthia Nixon

Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon revealed in 2008 that she battled breast cancer two years earlier. Nixon’s mother is also a breast cancer survivor.

| Peggy Fleming

Olympic gold medal figure skater Peggy Fleming has been a breast cancer survivor for 14 years.

| Wanda Sykes

During a September 2011 appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show| Wanda Sykes revealed that earlier that year| she underwent a bilateral mastectomy after doctors found DCIS in her left breast (a form of stage-zero breast cancer).

| Christina Applegate

Four years ago| Christina Applegate had a double mastectomy after cancer was detected in one of her breasts. The actress gifted herself with reconstructive breast surgery on her 37th birthday.

| Melissa Etheridge

In 2004| doctors found a lump in rocker Melissa Etheridge’s breast. After months of enduring radiation and chemotherapy| a hairless Etheridge performed a tribute to Janis Joplin at the 2005 Grammys and received the only standing ovation that night.

| Kylie Minogue

Grammy-winner Kylie Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. A mastectomy| chemotherapy| and radiation followed.