Breast Cancer: It Happens to Men Too
04. October 2010
Bill Griffith knows about breast cancer firsthand. The popular Channel 10 news anchor is a 6-year survivor. I sat down recently with my friend and former colleague to talk about his very public battle with cancer.
CAROL: How did you learn you had breast cancer?
BILL: I felt a lump and had it checked out. My doctor wasn’t concerned, but a year later, the lump became inflamed. A biopsy confirmed it was cancer.
CAROL: Did you know men could develop breast cancer?
BILL: I knew it was possible. I just never thought it would happen to me.
CAROL: What was your treatment?
BILL: A bilateral mastectomy (I didn’t want to go through it again!) and chemo.
CAROL: How did Jenny (Bill’s wife) handle things?
BILL: She was so brave. We made a vow to be totally honest with one another. It was tough, cause we both wanted to be strong for each other.
CAROL: You’ve been so open…even blogging about your experiences.
BILL: I was in a unique position to speak out and Channel 10 was very supportive. It was a good way to explain my absence. But as I began to recover, interacting with my viewers became therapeutic.
CAROL: How so?
BILL: The journey became less about the physical challenges and more about the mental and spiritual challenges.
CAROL: What kept you going?
BILL: My family and my faith. The Lord brought me to it….and the Lord took me through it.
CAROL: Any advice for men?
BILL: The same as for women. If you feel a lump…get it checked.
CAROL: About the color pink….
BILL: Pink? It’s my favorite color!
Contact Carol by emailing her at Carol@palomarhealth.org.