Former New South Wales premier praised for raising men’s awareness

At Genesis we strive to promote breast cancer awareness not only for women but also for men.

Currently 1 in 1000 men will develop breast cancer in their lifetime yet many men still do not realise that they can develop the disease.

Nick Greiner, former New South Wales premier in Australia has spoken out about his personal experience with breast cancer leading to the Cancer Council Australia calling for greater awareness of the disease in men.

The chief executive of Cancer Council Australia, Professor Ian Olver, said men who noticed changes to their breasts or nipples should act quickly and be tested.

“There’s a pretty high cure rate for men if they present early. The problem is that men don’t believe they can get breast cancer,” he said.

“So the first message is ‘yes, you can get breast cancer’, and the second message is that if you see blood or you feel a lump get it checked out as soon as you can. Don’t ignore a change.”

The Guardian have recently published the article in which Greiner discusses the impact his breast cancer had on him and the comfort he found to tackle the disease through telling family and friends about it.

Greiner discovered the cancer after finding a red dot on his shirt, and said talking about his cancer helped him through the difficult period.

“I think it helped by telling my family and, when I knew I was going to have surgery, telling others.”

Greiner had a mastectomy to remove the cancer and the operation was successful.