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Local man on a mission as a breast cancer survivor

Posted at 7:23 PM, Jan 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-23 19:26:11-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Craig Sawka was diagnosed with breast cancer 13 years ago.

"I found a lump on my breast when I was showering and like everybody else being a male, I procrastinated and went into denial and did nothing for about 6 months. The treatment was a mastectomy and the size of the lump had grown to the point where they wanted to follow up with chemo."

Craig says he should not have waited to see a doctor.

"Had I been smart enough to get in early, I may not have had the chemo."

That life experience has turned into a mission for him. speaking with men about their health and participating in Komen races, with his girlfriend by his side.

"Men have a potential for it of only one percent. It's pretty rare, but it's there."

His girlfriend, Lori Bourque said, "It's very important and it's challenging for both people. But I think it makes a huge difference in their recovery and their attitude and how they feel."