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Women aren't only soldiers in war on breast cancer

By Jaccii Farris, Reporter, JFarris@wfmz.com
Published On: Oct 17 2012 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 18 2012 08:59:47 PM CDT

This week, we introduced you to two sisters who are battling breast cancer, but the disease can also strike men.

This week, we introduced you to two sisters who are battling breast cancer, but the disease can also strike men.

Dave Bori is living his passion. As part owner of Spring Street Performance in Nazareth, Northampton Co., he is always souping up hot rods. He was busy Thursday, putting a Corvette engine in a 1978 Camaro.

"There are days when I am in a lot of pain," said Bori.

But Thursday was a good day for Bori, who has had health issues since 1999.

"I had a bump on my chest the size of a pea that I had probably for two years and ignored it. Didn't do anything about it, and in a week's time it went to a pea to a golf ball,"said Bori.

That's when he found out he had breast cancer.

"I was shocked. I didn't know men could even get breast cancer," said Bori.

"Men do get breast cancer," said Dr. Greg Harper, with Lehigh Valley Health Network.

Harper says it's a little known fact, but last year, 84 men were diagnosed with breast cancer in Pennsylvania, compared to 13,000 women.

"Stage for stage, we treat it the same. Risk factors for men are often family history," said Harper.

If a man has breast cancer in his family, or has been found to have the breast cancer gene, Harper said preventative screening and mammograms could be recommended.

Twelve years after his breast cancer diagnosis, Bori is still fighting. He has been through several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation and has had a mastectomy, but he said the cancer has come back.

"I now have cancer in my back, my hip, my chest and my ribs," said Bori, who spends a lot of time educating people about the fact that breast cancer isn't just a woman's disease.

He has this advice for men: "If you see anything at all, go to a doctor. Don't wait," said Bori.