The American Cancer Society reports that 200,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer each year. In addition, 2,600 men will be diagnosed. Lewisburg resident Dr. Richard Marshall is one of those 2,600.
In 2009, Dr. Marshall found an unusual lump in his chest. That lump was quickly diagnosed as Cancerous. Having extensive medical knowledge, he knew it was time for treatment. He went through many of the same procedures and medication that a woman diagnosed would, but the Estrogen based medication had a lasting impact that many woman would not have to deal with.
“Estrogen for the male body is not the best. It made me somebody that I’m not,” says Marshall. That caused problems. Even after Dr. Marshall was free of Breast Cancer, his fight was not over. Just months later another diagnosis came- this one was Prostate Cancer. “I was told ‘I have no options but to treat you for prostate cancer,'” Marshall found out.
Seven years later he’s in the clear. Something he doesn’t take for granted even for a second saying, “no matter what you do, who you are, or what you’re facing, always shoot for the moon because even if you miss you’ll land on a star. I had six years of very, very severe medical issues and I landed on a star each time.”
He says he couldn’t have done it alone. His family was the support system that got him through the darkest days. Now with a clean bill of health Dr. Marshall has one message for men who think that Breast Cancer can only impact the women in their lives
“Don’t say it can’t be Cancer because I’m a male. Do yourself a favor and get it checked. Do yourself a favor, do your family a favor, do your loved ones that are counting on you a favor.”