Reporter: Shannon Samson
New Media Producer: Kerry Corum
Breast cancer and men; the number of cases is growing and doctors are launching new studies to find out why.
His family and his church have always been important to Ken Scherpelz. And a few years ago, he found himself depending on their support even more, when he faced a life-threatening disease.
It turns out, Ken had breast cancer. It's rare, only one in 90,000 men get that diagnosis every year. But the number of cases is growing. Recent studies show male breast cancer cases have jumped 26% in the last 25 years.
Dr. Charles Shapiro of Ohio State's James Cancer Hospital sees several male breast cancer patients.
He says it may be that we're finding more cases through better awareness and education.
Shapiro says men with a family history of breast cancer need to pay closer attention to their bodies, because just like women, the sooner it's found, the better your chance of survival. And, as Ken suggests, if you do find something - don't assume it's nothing.
Symptoms of breast cancer in men are similar to signs in women. They include a painless lump or changes in breast or nipple tissue.