Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer in women. But did you know men are at risk, too?
In fact, doctors will diagnose more than 2–thousand men with the disease this year. Men like Peoria's Doug Troxell.
It's the little things like playing ball with his girls that Doug Troxell appreciates most.
But 4–year–old Lauren and 2–year–old CJ almost lost these precious moments with their dad.
"I knew something was wrong for years before I ever did anything... I had a noticeably, feel–able lump in my chest," said Doug Troxell.
This 35–year–old husband and father never imagined it could be breast cancer.
"If I had any inclination of breast cancer being an option in a male, I wouldn't have waited as long as I did."
Doug's wife was just about to give birth to their second child when he finally confided in a surgeon.
"He was about as shocked as I was."
By the time he received the diagnosis, the breast cancer had spread to his lymph nodes.
"My risks, I obviously didn't know what they were for myself."
His only option was a mastectomy, if he hadn't waited so long.
"Maybe that lumpectomy would've been, you know, an option and I wouldn't be turning heads at swimming pools when I run around without a shirt on."
Still, he knows that surgery and chemotherapy saved his life and even jokes.
"Doctor's orders, I wasn't allowed to change diapers during that whole thing."
A sense of humor is important he says, but this Dad knows the serious risk his daughter's now face. Because of his breast cancer battle, they'll have to begin screenings in their early 20's for the disease.
Still, he hopes by then, his participation in events like the golf outing Rally For the Cure will have helped raise enough money for research that his girl's will be safe from a deadly diagnosis.
It's the 25th of the month, so remind a buddy to get screened...know their risk...know what's normal for them...and make healthy choices.
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