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Men and Breast Cancer

READ MORE: Local man diagnosed with breat cancer
Breast cancer is not just a killer of women -- men are affected as well. Harold Southerland's life changed dramatically in the last couple years. He was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 56. He hopes sharing his experience will help others. Harold Southerland woke up one morning and noticed something different with his left breast. Southerland said, "The symptoms was that I had a lump and then I felt a stinging sensation in it." Harold didn't think much of it. It was his new wife who encouraged him to get it checked out. Harold’s primary care physician Dr. Fred Vanynatten said “If you happen to feel a lump you should pay attention to it and bring it to the attention of a health professional and get it examined." Harold was diagnosed with breast cancer, and without early detection, he might not be here today. He says, "I'm just happy I'm alive and my main concern is the awareness to men in the Wilmington area who may have it and don't know it." The American Cancer Society estimates that this year, more than 2,000 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. It's 100 times more common in women. Harold says that shouldn't keep men from knowing the warning signs. Southerland said, "Men should check themselves just like women check themselves." Because breast cancer is such a rare occurrence in men, there are virtually no support groups out there. Harold is hoping to connect with other men in our area who may be in a similar situation. If you would like to get in contact with Harold, e-mail News Channel 3 at newsroom@wwaytv3.com. Let us know your situation and we’ll get you in touch with Harold.

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