Male Breast Cancer Survivor Tells His Story
Breast Cancer Sufferer Has Message for All MenPhoto: Video by kmtv.com
Omaha - Gary Sapp is not the type of person you picture when you hear the term "breast cancer". But in October 2010, Sapp got the health scare of his life.
After feeling soreness in his right nipple then having a bloody discharge, Sapp went to his Doctor to get tested. He underwent ultra-sound, a mammogram and a biopsy. The Doctor called back and told Sapp he had breast cancer. Sapp said, "guys just don't think about that". Doctors removed both of the then 59-year-old Sapp's breasts : the one with the cancer mass and the other for preventative reasons.
The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2013, Doctors will diagnose about 2240 new cases of male breast cancer. Roughly, 410 men will died from it. The head of surgical oncology at the Nebraska Medical Center, Dr. James Edney, notes " men tend to present at a later stage than their female counterparts because they are not paying attention to it. The prognosis and treatment for male breast cancer and the outlook for men and women is identical stage for stage. "
These days Gary Sapp is cancer free. He told KMTV Action 3 News, " I feel privileged to be able to share the story for one thing and hopefully make aware guys that it's a real thing. " Doctors recommend that men do self-exams in the shower and also look for swelling of the lymph nodes in the armpit