Man works to raise awareness about male breast cancer
PORTLAND, Ore. (KATU) - October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.
It's a time to remember that one in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
But it's not just women who are affected. One in 1,000 men will also develop the disease.
One of those men, Kelvin Woods, developed breast cancer and beat it. He said he just wants to raise awareness.
He said a lot of men don't realize they need to check their breasts for lumps, just like women.
And when they notice something's off, Woods said men can try to shrug it off.
"I didn't pay much attention to it. I thought it was like a bug bite or a scratch or something that got infected," he said. "As a guy, you're thinking if you can put duct tape on it, you can fix anything."
After a few months, Woods reached out to a doctor, who immediately scheduled a biopsy.
It turned out that he had developed stage-two breast cancer. But after surgery and a few months of chemotherapy, Woods is now cancer free.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Sunday was a beautiful day for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in North Portland.
KATU’s Helen Raptis emceed the event.
So far, the event has raised more than $125,000.
At least 3,400 Oregonians will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone, according to the American Cancer Society.