We have introduced the reality of breast cancer in men in the previous post. Today, we share with you some of the famous male personalities who, at one time or another, had to battle against breast cancer.
Most men who survived breast cancer have been active in promoting awareness about this disease. Although it has already been established that survival rates for female and male breast cancer patients are similar, most male cases are diagnosed in later stages making it more difficult to manage.
Ernest Green. After finding a small lump in his chest in July of 2005, former American football fullback Ernest Green was diagnosed with breast cancer. A couple of months later, he underwent mastectomy and started 8 chemotherapy sessions until March of 2006. Green has two older sisters also diagnosed with breast cancer.
Tucker Melancon. He is an American judge in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. He was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002 and is now a Board Member of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.
Robert Ray Roddy†. Rod Roddy of “The Price Is Right” was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2001 and breast cancer in 2003. He then became an advocate of the early detection of cancer, saying he could have prevented the progress of the diseases with a colonoscopy and a mammogram. He died on October 27, 2003.
Richard Roundtree. The original “John Shaft” of the popular film series Shaft (1971), Shaft’s Big Score (1972) and Shaft in Africa (1973) was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993 and had to go through a double mastectomy and chemotherapy.