WTNH-- Governor Malloy designated next week as Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week. It's timely, with film crews documenting the lives of two Connecticut men diagnosed with breast cancer.
The facts are sobering. Over 2,000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer yearly. 25% will die. Thousands more do not even know they have it.
The documentary, "Times Like These", is a tale of two men, Bob DeVito and Bill Becker, who want to change that.
"He and I had the same type of cancer, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. We had it in the same side of our bodies, the treatment were pretty much similar," said DeVito.
The Breast Cancer brothers dig deep and share their most inner thoughts.
"The audience really is men without breast cancer that could get breast cancer, that don't know they can have breast cancer," said DeVito.
Like a lot of men, Bob was not aware of his risk for breast cancer.
"I have a history of colon cancer and breast cancer in my family and did I think by any stretch I would get breast cancer, never in a million years," said DeVito.
Right now Bob is cancer-free, but Bill has spread to Stage 4.
"It's hard. It really is hard because I'm cancer free, he's not, why is that," said DeVito.
The producers of the film focus on the reality of their daily battle.
"Anytime you have cancer, there's always a question, will it come back," said DeVito.
Their emotional journey is a personal outreach.
"Do your self exams, men don't bury your head in the sand," said DeVito. "Times like these are difficult, they're hard but you'll get through it. You have to get through it."
The filmmakers are still shooting footage for the documentary, it could air as early as spring of next year. But that depends on getting the full funding for the project.
The following links will give you more information on the film and how to help:
Documentary Website: timeslikethesefilm.com (points to kickstarter campaign)
Facebook Pages: Times Like These Documentary: https://www.facebook.com/TLTfilm
Breast Cancer Brothers https://www.facebook.com/BreastCancerBrothers
Male Self Breast Exam: http://www.breastselfexams.org/self-exams/men-s-self-exams
Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center serving the Greater Waterbury area: http://www.leevercancercenter.org/
The Whittingham Cancer Center at Norwalk Hospital serving Fairfield County: http://www.norwalkhospital.org/medical-services/cancer?gclid=CISSqdiCoboCFcae4AodZV0AIA
To reach Bob DeVito about male breast cancer by email, send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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