“I didn’t think men get breast cancer,” said Richard Rush.
That is until Brick Township resident was diagnosed with the disease 12 years ago.
“Breast cancer in men is rare. It’s probably comprises less then one percent of all the new breast cancer cases that are diagnosed per year, so consequently, there isn’t much awareness,” said Hackensack Meridian Health‘s Dr. Madhurima Anne.
Rush’s breast lump was discovered during a yearly physical.
“One time the doctor was feeling around my breast he said to me, ‘You know you got a lump in your nipple?’ I said, ‘Oh yeah it’s been there 8 to 10 years,’” Rush said.
The retired plumber never thought it could be breast cancer and he says he didn’t experience any other unusual symptoms over the years.