Breast cancer does not discriminate, even men can fall victim. Although men are much less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer it does happen. Males comprise about 1% of breast cancer diagnosis each year. According to the Susan G. Komen foundation for the cure, 2,140 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 and of those approximately 450 will die from the disease.

There have been a few male celebrities that have been open about their diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and are helping to raise awareness about male breast cancer.

If you have ever seen the 1971 Iconic Film “Shaft” then you know who Richard Roundtree is. He was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993. He now tours the country speaking about being diagnosed with breast cancer and the treatment he underwent to beat it.

Rod Roddy, The announcer of the Price is Right for over 17 years, was diagnosed with breast cancer in March of 2003. Rod Roddy lost his battle with breast cancer in February of 2009. Before his death, he urged men to get mammograms because he now knew that even men can get breast cancer and is usually more fatal due to late detection.

Former NFL Fullback for the Cleveland Browns, Ernie Green was diagnosed with breast cancer in July of 2005 when he found a small lump in his breast. After two of his older sisters were diagnosed and one died from the disease, Green became an advocate to raise awareness for male breast cancer.

These are just a few famous men that have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Although men’s chances of getting breast cancer are a lot lower, it can happen. So men, do regular breast exams and be aware of any breast cancer in your family. If you think you feel a lump go get a mammogram, it may just save your life. Our friends at Washington Hematology - Oncology are here to help. They are the only private medical oncology practice in Yakima specializing in the treatment of all types of cancer and blood disorders. Their physicians believe strongly in providing a national standard of care in a private practice setting.