Knoxville man tells his breast cancer story

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Women aren’t the only ones who should do a monthly self exam to check for breast cancer. Men should, too.

Dr. John Bell at UT Medical Center says eight in 10 men find a mass on their own.

“They may be in the shower, something may bump up against them, and they feel like ‘that’s something unusual,’ ” Bell said.

It happened to 80-year-old John Glaze, of Knoxville, just a few months ago.

“I just rolled over in bed, and had a little twinge in my left breast. I felt of it and felt a small lump,” Glaze remembers.

Scans of the area, including a mammogram followed by a needle biopsy revealed the lump was cancerous. Glaze didn’t let the scan most often used in women scare him away.

“I just went along with it,” he said. “It didn’t bother me to have it. If it’s what I needed, it’s what I needed.”

Glaze also had a mastectomy. Dr. Bell says most men choose that option, with no reconstruction.

Why don’t men get breast cancer screenings? The numbers don’t support it. Around 2,200 men are diagnosed each year with breast cancer, compared to 220,000 women.

Most male breast cancer patients are in their 60’s, 70’s, or 80’s.

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