We’re right in the middle of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While we’ve shared plenty of stories of women who have successfully battled the terrible illness (including celebrities like Shannen Doherty), it’s also important to shine the spotlight on a demographic that doesn’t get much attention: male breast cancer survivors.
According to the Indianapolis Star, Eric Passmore found a mysterious lump on his chest in 2016. The bump was located in his right breast. When he went to his doctor and asked about it, his doctor sent him to get a mammogram.
“Now, when he said ‘mammogram’ my first words were ‘You know I’m a guy right?'” Eric told Fox 59.
But as it turned out, it was a good thing Eric’s doctor took the lump as seriously as he did. The tumor, located above the nipple and only 3/4 inch wide, wound up being cancerous.
Thankfully, the cancer was discovered early and Eric survived, after undergoing a mastectomy and 12 weeks of chemotherapy. Now he’s sharing his story with others, knowing that there are plenty of men out there who also incorrectly assume they can never get breast cancer because of their sex.
“Especially guys will tell me you can’t have breast cancer, you’re a man. I tell them I have a scar that says otherwise,” Eric said.
Check out the video below to learn more about Eric’s story and to hear important health tips from Dr. Kathy Miller, the associate director of clinical research at IU Simon Cancer Center.
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