The reality of male breast cancer

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) Many are unaware that breast cancer can appear in women and in men.

Even though only 1% of breast cancer cases are in men, that does not mean it can't happen.

Montrose resident Daniel Schaller knows all too well about the deadly disease; he was diagnosed with breast cancer six years ago.

"If you took an English muffin, cut it in half, took one half, rough side out under the skin, that's what my tumor looked like," Schaller.

But Schaller is not alone.

Alice Monroe's husband Darrell passed away from breast cancer four years ago. She said she was unaware of the possibility, but now in his honor is trying to get the word out to other men.

Dr. Todd Hegstrom suggests self breast exams and looking for physical abnormalities including inverted nipples, a mass or changes of the skin.

Hegstrom said early detection is the best way to stop the cancer before it spreads.

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