Leading Male Breast Cancer Advocate Passes

““The First Time I Knew I Had Breasts” – Leading Male Breast Cancer Advocate Passes.” By Kathleen Hoffman, Medivizor.

Editorial Note: According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs people living or working at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina from the 1950s through the 1980s were potentially to drinking water contaminated with industrial solvents (e.g., trichloroethylene, toxic to the liver and kidney; and, perchlorethylene, toxic to the thyroid), benzene (a carcinogen), and other chemicals. One out of eight men at the base (80 in total) were diagnosed with breast cancer by October of 2012. The occurrence of male breast cancer in the general population is generally one in 100,000 (a lifetime risk of 0.01 percent). Peter Devereaux was one of the men at Camp Lejeune who was diagnosed with breast cancer. He recently died from the disease.

When Peter Devereaux learned he had breast cancer, he was dumbfounded.  He wrote in 2009,  “It was the first time I knew I had breasts….It is such a weird ordeal not only to have cancer, but to also have a women’s cancer.” Devereaux, like many others with male breast cancer, was caught at a late stage- 3b- in 2008.  In 2009, before he’d even completed his first set of treatments, the cancer had spread to his bones.  Sadly, after six years of treatment,  Devereaux died last week, August 21, 2014.  He was laid to rest, today, Monday August 25.

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