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Mark was 50. He was fit and healthy. And, a man. How could he possibly have breast cancer?
Like many Australians, Mark had never heard of male breast cancer. So, when he noticed a lump in his chest he thought it was unusual. When he asked his wife, Caroline, to check she was just as surprised to confirm that Mark did have a small, pebble like lump near his nipple.
Neither of them had heard of male breast cancer.
They didn't think too much of it but Mark did go to see his GP. One week later he was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Both Mark and Caroline couldn't believe it. And they had no idea how to explain it to their three young children.
"Even now it's hard to get my head around the fact I was a man being told I had breast cancer.''
Male breast cancer is rare. It accounts for less than 1% of the breast cancer cases in Australia
Recent research has revealed that male breast cancer is much more complex than was previously thought. There are many sub-types of tumours, all of which respond differently to treatment.
Because male breast cancer is rare, and fewer people are aware of it, it is often detected at a later stage in the disease.
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