A male breast cancer survivor, first embarrassed, now empowered

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A male breast cancer survivor, first embarrassed, now empowered

Although breast cancer is less common in men, they can get this disease too.

He looks and sounds the part of a tough New Yorker, with his Bronx accent and black leather jacket. And Michael Singer doesn’t let a cold January afternoon stop him from taking a cruise on his 2012 Harley-Davidson Fatboy. He’s even convinced his wife and high school sweetheart, Patty, to join him on the ride. He says riding the motorcycle makes him feel alive — an extra special feeling for a man who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010.

“I can admit it now, to be honest with you, I was embarrassed,” Singer says, recalling his diagnosis. “So when people asked me, ‘Mike, what kind of cancer did you have?’ I couldn’t say breast cancer. I said chest cancer.”

As he was retiring five years ago, Singer went for a physical. He answered the basic questions and got some blood taken — but didn’t mention a pencil eraser-sized lump he’d noticed under his left nipple. It took a follow-up doctor’s appointment for Singer to finally tell a physician. “Guys are wired differently,” he says. “We don’t usually like to go to the doctors to get it checked out. And I was kinda like that.”

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