Brave Couple Brought Attention To A Rare Type Of Breast Cancer


Usually when a breast cancer diagnosis strikes a married couple, it becomes the husband's obligation to help his wife on her road to recovery. For Gerard and Meg Campion of Connecticut, those roles appeared to have reversed.

Mr. Campion, the husband, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006.

"It was obviously shocking," Meg Campion said to ABC News. "I think my first thought was, 'he's not supposed to have this, I am.'"

While most people don't realize it, men also have breast tissues that are susceptible to the disease, and about 1 percent of all breast cancer diagnoses occur in men. A lack of awareness as well as a social stigma associated with male breast cancer, however, means most men don't get checked for it. 

Gerard Campion admits the only reason he visited his doctor to have his breasts checks was because a male friend had gotten breast cancer.

After surgery and chemotherapy, Gerard Campion appeared to be in remission. In 2009, Meg Campion received a diagnosis of breast cancer, which she treated with radiation and surgery. Two years later, Gerard's cancer came back.

This time it was far more serious.

After Gerard's second diagnosis, the Campions began speaking out at numerous civic organizations to urge doctors to speak directly about breast cancer to their male patients. They believe this is the best way to tackle this problem.

The third week of October is Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week in Pennsylvania, Florida and New Jersey.

Thanks the Campions' efforts, Connecticut will join that list this year.

A self-breast exam is considered to be a primary method to detect breast cancer early in women, and the same holds true for men. Remedies that prevent or slow down male breast cancer include diet, nutritional supplements, exercise and meditation,

(H/T: ABC News)