DENVER (CBS4) – When most people think of breast cancer they think women, but 1 percent of breast cancer cases occur in men. CBS4 Health Specialist Kathy Walsh spoke with a survivor who believes getting the word out is his mission.
For nearly three decades Murphy Huston has been a familiar voice on Denver radio, but just last year Huston became one of the faces of breast cancer.
“I was shocked,” Huston said.
It was last March when Huston was wrestling with his grandson, Greyson.
“And he head-butts me in the chest and there was like a sharp pain. And I went like, ‘Wow, that was kind of weird.’ Of course I felt that area and I felt a lump,” he said.
Huston was familiar with breast cancer because his wife Carol fought it 20 years ago. A biopsy confirmed Huston had it.
“They did a male mastectomy on me and got everything out of there,” Huston said.
Doctors said early detection paid off for the father of four and grandfather of seven.
“No chemo, no radiation, ‘You’re good to go.’ I mean it was a miracle.”
Now Huston is eager to spread the word to men.
“It can happen to us.”
“It’s not as common but we certainly do see it all the time,” said Dr. Christina Finlayson, Medical Director of the Breast Center at the University of Colorado Hospital.
“Every new breast lump needs to be evaluated.”
Huston believes he got breast cancer for a reason.
“Maybe it’s just God wanting me to use what I do to get the word out,” he said.
He thrives on community involvement. Huston once repelled down a building in a pink tutu to raise money for the Cancer League of Colorado. Now he’ll do what it takes to advocate for early detection.
Huston will speak at the 15th annual Men for the Cure event this September.
To support breast cancer research and programs at the University of Colorado Hospital, men are invited to attend the 15th annual Men for the Cure, on Sept. 24. The event was cofounded by CBS4’s Ed Greene and Sharon Magness Blake. To purchase tickets, go to uch.thankyou4caring.org/menforthecure.