Can men get breast cancer? For Dana and Bill Everett, this question hits close to home. Yes, males can get breast cancer, and yes, it’s something that’s not discussed frequently.
The journey Bill has been on over the past year began when he found a lump in the shower. Assuming it wasn’t a big deal, he delayed getting it checked out for a few months. After his doctor ordered a mammography, ultrasound and biopsy, he heard those dreaded three words – you have cancer. Breast cancer.
Bill’s next few months were filled with a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. But the emotional aspects were the hardest part — telling his wife, telling his three daughters, dealing with the stigma surrounding male breast cancer. All were hurdles he had to overcome.
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