Devol farmer and rancher Joe Champion was diagnosed with breast cancer that had spread to his lymph nodes a year after he felt a lump under his left nipple.
"I carried my glasses, notepad and pen in my breast pocket. I thought it was rubbing from them that was causing the soreness ... I felt a knot under my nipple," Champion said. "I waited a year before I did anything about it."
Breast cancer in men is rare a hundred times less common than in women, but because men either don't know about the risk or delay seeing a doctor, the diagnosis can occur later in the development of the disease, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).
ACS estimates that 2,190 males will be diagnosed this year with breast cancer and 410 men will die of the disease.
The good news is "the prognosis for men with breast cancer was once thought to be worse than that for women, but recent studies have not found this to be true. In fact, men and women with the same stage of breast cancer have a fairly similar outlook for survival," according to ACS.
The lack of knowledge that men can have breast cancer and the resulting delay in diagnosis can be deadly.