KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Almost four years ago, we introduced you to a young Prairie Village man who’d been diagnosed with breast cancer. Bret Miller and his family went on a mission to make others aware there’s some blue with all that pink, and they’ve just kept going.
In May of 2010, FOX 4 was in the operating room when Miller had a mastectomy. At age 24, he had the youngest documented case of breast cancer in a man in the U.S. Miller and his family wanted to start spreading a message — one they’re still spreading.
“Don’t be afraid to touch yourself,” said Miller.
Miller knows that about 2,400 men in the U.S. find out they have breast cancer each year. The family started a foundation and website, www.checkthem.org Miller showed men how to do breast self-exams in a video for the National Consortium of Breast Centers. He became a Ford Warrior in Pink, reminding everyone there’s some blue, too.
Along the way, Miller heard from other men with breast cancer who may have been silent, even embarrassed, before.
“It’s helped them be more at ease and get through this knowing that they can get through this,” he said.
Now, 21 men, including Miller, share their stories at www.malebreastcancercoalition.org The new website was designed by Bret’s Brother, Blake Miller, who works at Think Big Partners helping businesses launch.
“Having this cohort or coalition of guys that are like ‘Guys, I had it. Don’t be afraid to go get checked because it can happen to everybody and it’s not embarrassing,'” said Blake Miller.
The website’s stunning photos of survivors were taken by fashion photographer David Jay as part of something he calls The Scar Project. Bret Miller is taken by the beauty of the website and his brother’s work.
“It makes me speechless. I mean, it’s amazing,” he said.
Speechless? Not for long. Miller says he’ll never stop talking about breast cancer.
“Make this the male version of Susan G. Komen,” he said.
He wants to help save lives far and wide.
Miller will have a national audience when he’s on Katie Couric’s show next week, and he’ll be in New York in April for a fundraiser for a documentary on male survivors. Details are at this link.