INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 12,2015)- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Breast cancer is a disease that most people only associate with women, but it’s one that men are diagnosed with too.
According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 2,350 men in the U.S. will be told they have breast cancer this year.
Statistics show the risk for men developing breast cancer is 1 in 1,000.
Darrell Skaggs of Brownsburg is a breast cancer survivor.
He was diagnosed with the disease in 2010.
Skaggs says that he went to the hospital initially complaining of gallbladder pain, doctors would later find a mass on his left breast and diagnose him with stage two breast cancer.
After two surgeries and several rounds of chemotherapy, doctors finally told Skaggs he was cancer-free.
Prior to his own diagnosis, Darrell said he’d never heard of another man who battled breast cancer.
“It’s rough for men, it’s rough for women. My goal is to make sure that I get the word out to men that you know this can happen to us, too,” said Skaggs.
He now provides support for men battling breast cancer all around the country.
Skaggs was also instrumental in getting Governor Pence to proclaim the third week in October “Men’s Breast Cancer Awareness Week.”
A cancer specialist at IU Health explained that men aren’t routinely reminded to perform self-breast exams.
Signs of breast cancer in men could include a mass/lump behind the nipple, changes in color to skin around the nipple, or any type of discharge from the nipple.
If men notice any of these signs they should see a doctor immediately.