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Antwone Muhammad explains how cancer saved his life

Antwone Muhammad (Photo credit: Tito Garcia)

According to the American Cancer Society, about 2,670 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. The lifetime chance of getting breast cancer in the United States for men is 1 in 833.

Chicago hip-hop artist Antwone Muhammad was diagnosed with breast cancer in December of 2013. In June of 2014 after surgery and chemotherapy, he went into remission. In June of 2019, his cancer recurred. Muhammad remains a beacon of light as he continues to fight. Rolling out spoke with Muhammad about his battle, his new book, and the fundraiser he is having this month.

What were your initial feelings when you were diagnosed with cancer again?

It hurt because so much has happened in the past year but I prayed and I trust that I will be victorious again with God’s help and support of family and friends.

What are some of the misconceptions when it comes to men and this disease?

The main misconception is that men can’t get breast cancer. It’s largely viewed as a woman’s illness. This illness affects 1 percent of men.

What were some of the symptoms that caused you to take notice?

I started feeling sensitivity on the left side of my chest on my nipple. Soon after, brown fluid started discharging from my chest. This led me to [go to] the emergency room [and] after a series of tests, I was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer.

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