WELLINGTON, Fla. - It's estimated that this year alone about 2,000 men in the US and approximately 200 men in Canada will be diagnosed annually with breast cancer.
Wellington native Craig Mattes knows all too well the importance of self-examinations.
As he walks through his home he is preparing for something he never saw coming.
"My first concern is getting off the table," he says.
Two weeks ago he noticed his left breast was considerably larger than the right.
"We should all be prepared, men, women, everyone," he adds.
After an ultrasound he says his doctors told him he had nearly a dozen abnormalities and a mastectomy was needed sooner than later.
"I am a young man and breast cancer is the last thing I am thinking off," adds Mattes.
He says he has a 50/50 chance the lumps are in fact breast cancer and it’s unsettling to him considering he has a family history of the disease.
Although very rare, one percent of all breast cancer is diagnosed in men.
"We are just as susceptible to cancer as anyone," he says.
His message is be aware, talk to your doctor, do self checks because it can happen to anyone.
Mattes heads in for surgery at Wellington Regional Medical Center on Monday.
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