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(KANSAS CITY, KS) Bret Miller was 24-years-old.
During a doctor exam, he asked the doctor to specifically to look at the lump he had had for a number of years. The doctor immediately suggested to Bret to go for a sonogram, but he didn’t think there was anything to be concerned about. The doctor who read the sonogram suggested to also have a mammogram.
On April 27th, 2010 his lump was removed. Since the lump was gone, Bret felt that the problem was solved.
The next day, his cell phone rang. It was the doctor and he told Bret he had breast cancer. That day was the beginning of Bret's journey into understanding Male Breast Cancer and getting the word out to all men....Men have breasts too.
Breast cancer in men is usually detected as a hard lump underneath the nipple and areola. Men carry a higher mortality than women do, primarily because awareness among men is less and they are less likely to assume a lump is breast cancer, which can cause a delay in seeking treatment.
Less than a month from having the lump removed, Bret started The Bret Miller 1T Foundation with the help of his parents Peggy & Bob Miller. The goal of the foundation was to raise awareness in colleges and high schools telling our youth that breast cancer can happen to anyone! Male breast cancer survivors share their journeys and let students know they are their own best advocates for their bodies. We tell people if they find something that doesn’t feel right they must talk with a doctor, don’t ignore anything!
In 2014, Bret connected with Cheri Ambrose via social media and together created the Male Breast Cancer Coalition. Cheri had a close male friend who was battling breast cancer. Together, their goal is for no man to ever feel alone when he hears the words “you have breast cancer.”
The Male Breast Cancer Coalition relies on generous support from people like you and makes it possible to continue to make sure no man ever feels alone when he hears the words, “You have breast cancer.”
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