If the name Peter Criss doesn’t ring a bell, think back to the original heyday of the rock group KISS. Criss was their drummer and one of the founding members of KISS. Now 63 years old, Criss is sharing with the world that a year ago, he won the fight against breast cancer.
In ‘08, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, but with (early detection) my great doctor Alex Swistel & staff and the Lord above, who always looks over me, I am cancer free today!!! I wanted to let you know men get it like women do. Don’t be afraid to let someone know if you have a lump. Do the right thing for you and your loved ones and get it checked. Man or woman, there is no discrimination with breast cancer … we all don’t have nine lives.
Although breast cancer in men is rare, particularly when you compare it to breast cancer in women, it still affects 1% of invasive breast cancers in the United States, says the American Cancer Society. And, although it follows the same course, often, as women’s breast cancer, it may be diagnosed at later stages because men generally don’t know what to look for or how to recognize it.
It’s good to hear a celebrity, especially one who was considered a “bad guy” at one time just because he was part of KISS, come forth with intimate information of his health. Perhaps by his speaking out, more men will be more vigilant and may detect – and importantly – report signs that something may be wrong in the breast tissue.