Jackson man shares breast cancer survival story

Jackson man shares breast cancer survival story

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - About 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer in the course of her lifetime, but the odds of men getting breast cancer is very different.

One man from Jackson shares his story about survival from this disease.

You might have heard about country singer Paul Ott Carruth's voice on his radio and television show Listen to the Eagle.

Carruth is also well known for his hit country song "I am Mississippi." However, people may not know about his battle with breast cancer.

He first noticed that something was wrong in the middle of his weekly radio and TV show during May 2007 when he was sitting next to his daughter, Carla.

"She leaned over and jokingly punched me in the breast and I said 'Oww,' and she said 'Oh daddy, you don't have breast cancer,' but my wife found a little tumor and said you should go see a doctor," Carruth said.

Carruth immediately went to the doctors and they found a cancerous tumor in his left breast. Luckily, the tissue was necrotic or considered dead.

"I felt a great peace about it because my faith kind of taught me to feel that way and it proved true," Carruth said.

However, Carruth said he is happy he got tested early and had the tumor taken out. Surgical Oncologist Dr. Phillip Lei said most men are unaware that they are at risk for breast cancer.

"A  lot of men don't believe they can get breast cancer, and they are shocked to hear that somebody can get it," Lei said. "It's not something they really think about."

About 1 in 1,000 men have a lifetime risk of getting breast cancer in the United States, which can be fatal.

Nine years later, Carruth is still hosting his talk show and encouraging men to get tested and to feel comfortable talking about their health.

"I like to think I am as masculine as anyone else, but if you have breast cancer you have to go and see about it," Carruth said.

Doctors recommend that men test themselves and if they feel a lump in their breast to get tested for breast cancer.