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…the disease. Breast cancer in men most commonly appears as a lump, like the one Roundtree found in his left breast.

Talking about his status as a cancer survivor has prepared Roundtree, now 65, for a new role: awareness advocate for male breast cancer. He now spends part of his time traveling around the country and speaking to different groups about his experience.

“Not talking about my cancer was really tough,” he says. “And now that I do talk about it all the time, it’s really become a backhanded blessing. I was getting on a plane recently and a flight attendant ran up to me and said ‘You saved my husband’s life.’” Her husband had a lump in his chest and only agreed to get it checked out after she showed him an article about Roundtree.

“Her husband had caught it early, which probably did save his life,” says Roundtree.

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