WAYNE, NJ — New Jersey resident Kenya Medard, who lost her husband to male breast cancer, detailed how her husband came to be diagnosed with male breast cancer and their journey through the progress of this disease.
“We started noticing that my husband had a stain in his undershirt. We honestly thought that maybe he had bumped into something and he was just bruised. There was nothing that led us to believe that he even had breast cancer,” Medard said.
“We found out in 1999 that he had it. He was actually Stage 1 when we first found out. If we hadn’t seen the discharge, we would have never known,” she said. “He went for treatment and he remained in remission for years.”
“Every man is different,” Medard said. “Some men have a lump. For men, I’ve found that it’s more of that touch and feel, versus women – we go for a mammogram. It’s not very well-known. When my husband was diagnosed, it was 1% of men, and now, I understand, it’s 10%.”
“It reappeared and metastasized, and at that point, once it comes back and metastasizes, it’s Stage 4,” she said. “Not a day goes by that I don’t think about him, but it is that fuel to find out more about it. I’m willing to have that conversation with anyone – male or female. It’s real, it exists. And people have to know that it does exist. So that awareness needs to grow.”
For more information about male breast cancer, visit the Male Breast Cancer Coalition at https://malebreastcancercoalition.org/ or Susan G. Komen’s web page on male breast cancer: https://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/BreastCancerinMen.html.
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