By Kimberely Scott
Cecil Herrin is a man on a mission. Speaking out about breast cancer. not as a supporter, but a survivor, “You don't think about a man having breast cancer and I don't drink or smoke, so I wouldn't have dreamed in a million years that I would have had breast cancer.”
Statistics show that breast cancer is nearly 100 times less common among men than among women. 1 in 1000 men will get the disease in their lifetime. Cecil happens to be one of them. He discovered his lump while taking a shower.
Cecil, “I was washing my chest and I felt a small bump like a beebee.”
He went to a doctor who assumed it was build up from medicine he'd been taking over the years.
After 6 months, it seemed to get bigger, so he went to see another doctor at University Hospital.
There he received a mammogram, sonograme…..and other treatments.
Cecil says, “there she did a biopsy on me on December 29th and on January 3 they told me that I had breast cancer and on the 17th of January I had my breast removed.
Cecil is tough and works in construction, but hearing the words 'YOU HAVE CANCER” can be tough for anyone to deal with, “I cried, I get choked up just thinking about it.”
The news shook him, but he also took action, “if you feel like there is something that is not suppose to be in your body then that's when your suppose to do something about it. not sit on it and say maybe its going to get better – cause it don't get better – in my case it got worse. I was real concerned about myself – I wanted to be here for a long time to come.”
Cecil had surgery, luckily the cancer had not spread. Even though he's the only person in his family to face cancer, his supportive family faced cancer with him.
Routine preventive care can find cancer in men and other diseases in the early stages, making them treatable.
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