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Women are not the only ones to develop breast cancer. Unfortunately, men are prone to breast cancer too. According to the American Breast Cancer Society, in 2017 about 2,470 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in men.
 
Although breast cancer affects mostly women, men are also susceptible to the disease. Factors that play a role in male breast cancer are heredity, radiation, high level of estrogen and genetic mutations. Formation of a lump in the breast can be identified, and the chances of being cured is almost the same with women.
 
Back in 2008, the famous rock icon Peter Criss, the original drummer of the band Kiss, was diagnosed with breast cancer. The cancer was diagnosed at an early stage, so he did not need to undergo chemotherapy and eventually fully recovered from it before it could spread. He had been open in sharing his story, and has been a moving voice for majority of men who think the disease does not affect them. He has been spreading knowledge that men are indeed susceptible to breast cancer too.
 
When interviewed by CNN about overcoming breast cancer, Criss said he felt like he is “the luckiest man on the planet.” From the Rolling Stone, he is quoted telling the Kiss Army and the general male population to, “Don't sit around playing Mr. Tough Guy. Don't say 'It's going to go away.” and "It's just important, just go get checked out. It's not like you're going to lose your manhood."
 
Sources:
“Original KISS drummer celebrates surviving breast cancer.” CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/10/15/male.breast.cancer/index.html
“What Are the Key Statistics About Breast Cancer in Men?” American Cancer Society. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer-in-men/about/key-statistics.html
“Kiss’ Peter Criss Reveals Breast Cancer “Nightmare”.” Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/kiss-peter-criss-reveals-breast-cancer-nightmare-20091016

 

 

 

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