Less than 1 percent of all breast cancers occur in men. Because it’s so rare, many don’t take the symptoms seriously.
Andre Johnson says if it wasn’t for his girlfriend pressuring him to get a lump looked at, things now, could be very different for him. Johnson says he didn’t even realize breast cancer was something that occurred in men, and now, he’s become somewhat of an expert.
Andre Johnson was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer one year ago.
Andre Johnson; Breast Cancer Patient: “You know, I just kept running across this little pea-like bump on my chest. I was like, you know, maybe it’s a broken vein or something like that. I didn’t think nothing of it because it wasn’t painful.”
Johnson says it’s thanks to his girlfriend the cancer was caught so early.
Andre Johnson; Breast Cancer Patient: “She just kept pestering me about it. ‘Get it checked out! Get it checked out! Get it–‘ I said okay fine.”
After several tests, he got his diagnosis.
Andre Johnson; Breast Cancer Patient: Oh my God, I can’t believe women have to go through that. The mammograms — ugh, that’s torture!”
Johnson had surgery to remove the breast cancer, including the removal of his left nipple.
For men, the lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.
Dr. Hermina Fernandes; Oncologist as Sanford Health: “The earlier we catch them, the better the chances at a cure.
Doctor Fernandes says because male breast cancer is so rare, many times, the symptoms are overlooked.
Dr. Hermina Fernandes; Oncologist as Sanford Health: “We don’t typically screen for it, but never the less, it does happen.
Some breast cancer symptoms, male or female, include lumps, nipple pain, inverted nipple, nipple discharge, sores, or enlarged lymph nodes under the arms.
Andre Johnson; Breast Cancer Patient: “I have a long way to go.”
Although the road ahead for Johnson includes many more visits to his oncologist, because he caught his cancer early, now he is cancer-free
And, he has a message for anyone putting off a visit to their doctor.
Andre Johnson; Breast Cancer Patient: “I would say, check it out. Even if it’s a mosquito bite, if you think it’s a little spider bite, check it out. Because it can be way more than that. Men, we’re not too masculine for that. We’re not too strong to have that checked out.”
The earlier you are diagnosed, the better your odds are of beating the cancer.
Doctor Fernandes says it’s always best to see your doctor if anything seems suspicious.