Dad ‘afraid to tell kids’ about diagnosis after discovery in shower

A father said he was initially afraid to tell his children of his breast cancer diagnosis after discovering a lump in the shower.

Former police officer Dave, 64, was vacationing in Florida when he found a lump on his chest. However, he did not tell his family about his discovery because “life seemed normal”.

He said: “I was on vacation in Florida, celebrating my birthday, when I found a lump on my chest in the shower. It wasn’t painful and I didn’t tell anyone about it because the life seemed normal.

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“I didn’t know men had to get checked for breast cancer but I know if your body changes you shouldn’t leave it so I went to see my GP as soon as I got home and they m referred to see a consulting specialist.

“Although I was told it was probably just a fat deposit, I had an ultrasound and a biopsy. A week later, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The tumor was the size of a golf ball.

“Of course when I was first diagnosed I was scared and it was hard to tell my kids. I had a mastectomy, treatment and almost seven years later I’m healthy and I continue to receive treatment which may reduce the rate of the cancer coming back.

“My mother died of ovarian cancer at the age of 68, and I knew there was a link between ovarian cancer and breast cancer, but generally little is known. on male breast cancer.

“People will say ‘I didn’t know men could have this and to be honest I didn’t think I would ever get to it.

New research has now revealed that infertility causes breast cancer in men. It doubles the risk of the disease compared to its peers with a higher sperm count.

The finding is based on around 2,000 newly diagnosed British men over a 12-year period. Dave said: “It’s really interesting that if you’re affected by fertility issues you might be more likely to be affected by breast cancer.

“I’m lucky not to have been affected by fertility issues, but it’s important that scientists build on research from Breast Cancer Now, as it could help uncover the causes of some breast cancers. in men and even one day lead to the development of new treatments.”

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. In the UK, around 55,500 new cases are diagnosed each year. But among men, it does not even appear in the top 20. Only a few hundred cases are recorded annually.

It has been largely overlooked – with only one previous study suggesting a possible link to the ability to have children. Lead author Dr Michael Jones, from the Institute of Cancer Research, London, said: “These are important findings linking infertility to breast cancer in men.

“Our study suggests that infertile men may be twice as likely as those without fertility problems to develop breast cancer.

“The reasons for this association are unclear, and there is a need to investigate the fundamental role of male fertility hormones on breast cancer risk in men.

“We hope this will lead to a better understanding of the underlying causes of breast cancer in men, and perhaps even in women.

“Breast cancer is often thought of as something that only affects women, but men can also be diagnosed with the disease.

“Compared to previous studies, our male breast cancer study is large. It was conducted across the country in England and Wales and started over 15 years ago.

“Due to the rarity of male breast cancer, it took us over 12 years to identify and interview the nearly 2,000 men with breast cancer who were part of this study.”

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