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.
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