Male Breast Cancer Survivor Shares His Story
Male and mastectomy usually aren’t heard in the same sentence, but not the case for breast cancer survivor David Barranco, owner of Chappy’s Deli here in Montgomery, Ala. In August of 2004 he was diagnosed with breast cancer after having felt a lump on his chest that was sensitive. With the urging of his wife, he made a doctor’s appointment to have it checked out. Male breast cancer is so rare that the first doctor he visited shrugged it off as insignificant. Thankfully with the persistence of his wife who is his high school sweetheart, David pressed on until a doctor diagnosed him with stage I breast cancer.
David was ready to fight it head-on. He elected for a mastectomy, which was followed by 20 weeks of chemotherapy. During this time his wife supported him 1000% according to David. She was his biggest fan and caretaker.
As a result of his experience, David encourages others to be attentive to their body and know it like the back of their hand. “It’s important to catch these things early,” said David. “It may improve the outcome tremendously.”
In an effort to raise awareness about this disease, Jackson Hospital in conjunction with the local American Cancer Society will host the first of its kind informational session on breast cancer. Topics include David Barranco’s inspirational story, latest treatment options, and information on the breast and cervical cancer program offered through the state.
DATE & TIME:
Saturday, Oct. 6th from 10am to 12pm
Jackson Hospital, Goode Medical Building, 11th Floor
For more information, please call 612-8179.
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