The man who wants to change the name of breast cancer
A campaigner who is the youngest man in Britain to be diagnosed with breast cancer is to launch a nationwide campaign calling for the name of the illness to be changed
Nicky Avery, 27, from Southend, is launching an awareness campaign urging health authorities to change the name of male breast cancer to chest cancer.
His move is designed to raise awareness of the disease in men and get them to seek treatment if they find any lumps. Nicky who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 24, found out he had developed bone cancer in March.
Celebrities including male dance group the Dreamboys, X-Factor star Andy Abrahams and unlicensed boxer Lew Yates are helping Nicky launch the Call It What It Is campaign a launch today.
Nicky said: “I want to make a difference. I’ve tried various things, I did a documentary about male breast cancer and even applied for Big Brother. It’s lucky I didn’t get in though, as I’ve since had the secondary cancer.
“I want to get the terminology changed so men get checked if they find something. For men it’s such a taboo and so many men don’t know they can even get it. I want the name less feminine so I say call it what it is – chest cancer.”
Around 300 men in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, compared to 44,500 women and Nicky wants men to check themselves.
He added: “I want men to listen and check themselves with their wives or girlfriends and get it checked out if you find a lump in your chest or nipple. You should be checking your chest and your testicles for lumps. It could save your life.
“My cancer is not terminal but you don’t know how long you’ve got left on this planet. I just want to try to do something constructive and positive with my life.”
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I can’t even begin to imagine how difficult and isolating it must be for men with a diagnosis of breast cancer. I am not really sure about changing the name though, but well done to Nicky for highlighting this taboo subject.
RIP Nicky xx
Oh dear I am so sorry to hear of his passing. Thank you for leaving this comment.
My Amazing And Inspirational Brother Nicky Avery xxxxxxxx