Men also affected by breast cancer

8:34 PM, Sep 28, 2013   |    comments
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PARKER - Breast cancer is usually associated with women and doctors say that is part of the danger for men. The American Cancer Society estimates that one in every 1,000 men will be diagnosed with the disease and more than 400 will die in 2013.

Dave Gillice has been active and healthy his entire life. He and his wife Laura have spent many years traveling the world and experiencing different states and cultures. A year ago, Gillice says he went for a CAT scan for his lung and doctors noticed a lump. He says he also noticed it, but he never thought anything of it. His doctors scheduled a mammogram for him and after a few tests they diagnosed him with breast cancer.

"I couldn't believe it," Gillice said. "I didn't expect that."

Gillice has a family history of breast cancer and ovarian cancer, but he never thought he would be susceptible until after he was diagnosed and tested for the hereditary gene. Gillice received a mastectomy before he knew he had the gene and says it's likely he will have to have another mastectomy to decrease his chances of having breast cancer again.

After several months of treatment, Gillice say he is now cancer free. He hopes his story will bring more awareness to other men.

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