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

(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."

Peter Criss, a  founding member of  KISS, smiles during an autograph signing for the release of his solo album  One For All.
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)
I go to the gym; I've been drumming since I was a kid, Criss said. So I'm very aware of my body. So when this happened I said, 'Jesus, what's this thing?'
"I go to the gym; I've been drumming since I was a kid," Criss said." So I'm very aware of my body. So when this happened I said, 'Jesus, what's this thing?' "   (AP Photo/Rogers & Cowan, Eric Stephen Jacobs)
KISS is honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Peter Criss is second from right.
KISS is honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Peter Criss is second from right.   (Getty Images)
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