PORTLAND, Ore. -- A local father of five who survived breast cancer wants to warn other men.
"I became this face of reality," Kelvin Woods said. "I was in the shower and found a lump on my chest and that's how it all started."
"Many men don't even consider the possibility," remarked Kelvin's Doctor, Phoebe Harvey. "They might be embarrassed to even consider the possibility."
According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, there are only about 2,000 cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year.
Dr. Harvey said most cases of male breast cancer are found in later stages than in women because men don't get routine mammograms.
"Men need to be vigilant about self exams and remember to check tissue under the arms as well," Harvey explained. "The cancer is usually hard and not something you can move around."
For Woods, early detection was the key to recovery.
"The first thing I thought was I have a chance to get this taken care of," he remembered.
After surgery and chemotherapy, Woods is optimistic and ready to reach out to other men.
"I knew men could get it but never thought I would," he said. "Now I'm on the team of survivors."
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