KISS Drummer Beats Breast Cancer
Peter Criss aims to raise awareness of male breast cancer
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2009 4:20 AM CDT
Peter Criss, a founding member of KISS, smiles during an autograph signing for the release of his solo album "One For All."    (AP Photo/Shiho Fukada)

(Newser) – Peter Criss has been declared cancer-free and he feels like the luckiest Catman alive. Criss, a founding member of KISS, received treatment for a tumor in his breast before it could spread and got the all-clear with his latest mammogram. The 63-year-old survivor is now doing his best to raise awareness of male breast cancer during National Breast Cancer Awareness month, CNN reports.

Men who find lumps shouldn't feel too embarrassed to seek treatment because of "any macho crap," Criss warns. "Don't sit around playing Mr. Tough Guy. Don't say 'It's going to go away.' It might not and you might not see life anymore and how beautiful that is."

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Oct 16, 2009 12:59 PM CDT
I can't locate it now but as I recall it was in the Chicago Tribune and from around 2004. What makes it stick out in my mind is that it was the first time I heard that men could get breast cancer and it was before I moved from Chicago.
Oct 16, 2009 12:54 PM CDT
@Citrix, here is an article which describes denial of insurance based on genetic predisposition, although it's from Australia.
Oct 16, 2009 11:32 AM CDT
really?...That is messed is pretty rare though, and a lot of non-medical types think that "Guys" cant get it...I always tell people..if it has living cells in it, you can get cancer in it, and to just be aware