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Male breast cancer: Men warned to check for symptoms

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A man who noticed a lump "the size of a frozen pea" has urged men to check for breast cancer symptoms.

Vince Kitching, 69, booked an appointment with his GP straight after noticing it in his left breast.

An ultrasound scan showed he had a tumour and he underwent a full mastectomy.

The grandfather-of-two from Llandudno Junction has now recovered after the discovery in May.

Breast cancer is very rare in men, with 390 diagnosed each year compared to 54,800 women, according to Cancer Research UK.

"Me and my wife Helen were devastated when we were told the news I had breast cancer," Mr Kitching said.

But he said after surgery in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd he was able to go home the same day to recover.

He added: "I was very lucky as I didn't have any pain following my surgery and recovered very quickly."

A week later, he received the news from his surgeon that the cancer had not spread and he did not need any further treatment.

"I'm not too sure how long the lump had been there but I wasn't checking my breast area," Mr Kitching said.

"In fact, like many men, I didn't even know we were supposed to check this area of our bodies.

"I had never heard of breast cancer in men before, there is no breast cancer in my immediate family so it had never crossed my mind."

Breast cancer is often thought of as something that only affects women, but men can get it in rare cases.

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