In August 2012, Peter Botros, of New York, observed a bloody discharge exuding from his left nipple.
He couldn't be sure why it was happening – but breast cancer wasn't his first guess.
Botrose's mother had breast cancer and died of it when he was a teenager, but he did not believe it was possible for men to get the disease.
He was shocked when, a few weeks later, he was diagnosed with stage I breast cancer, CBS News reported.
The 33-year-old had a double mastectomy and is now cancer-free, but says he believes not enough men know they are at risk.
The problem was in the spotlight last week when Beyoncé's father, Matthew Knowles, revealed his diagnosis of breast cancer.
And earlier this year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is calling on more men to be included in clinical trials for breast cancer medications to better understand the disease.
Botros echoed the agency's concerns, hoping to erase the stigma and improve the survival rates of the disease, which is often caught too late when it strikes men.
Peter Botros, then 26 (pictured), of New York, observed a bloody leak coming out of his left nipple in 2012
In August, he was diagnosed with stage I ductal carcinoma, a form of breast cancer. His mother died of breast cancer when he was 14 years old. Pictured: Botros (center) during high school with his father (left) and mother (right)
Botros told CBS News that his mother had been battling breast cancer for as long as she could remember before she died when she was 14 years old.
"I've had cancer pretty much my whole life," he said. “Off and on, she beat him and came back. Beat him and come back. & # 39;
Botros never believed he was in danger.
He said he was not the first person to notice the discharge, but his girlfriend at the time.
& # 39;[She] I did some laundry … and noticed some blood on my T-shirt where my breasts would be, "Botros wrote in the blog of the Male Breast Cancer Coalition.
"I was in the shower at the time, so when he came to tell me what he found, I checked his chest. I didn't see anything, but when I dried, I helped my chest and some blood flowed. & # 39;
Botrose's girlfriend wanted him to go to the ER, but he compromised and called a family friend who was a pediatrician.
She proposed to get a mammogram. The test showed nothing but the doctor who saw him order a biopsy, he wrote in the blog.
In August 2012, he was diagnosed with stage I stage ductal carcinoma, a cancer found only in the ducts.
"I thought it had to be a mistake," Bottros told CBS News, referring to when he heard the news. & # 39;[I was] trying to put the pieces together to see how it is possible for a 26-year-old to have breast cancer. & # 39;
One in every eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society.
Breast cancer also occurs in men, but the incidence rate is less than one percent.
It is estimated that more than 2,600 men will be diagnosed with the disease in 2019, and about 500 men will die.
Botros (33) (left and right) has undergone double mastectomy and is currently without cancer. He said he wants to break the stigma surrounding male breast cancer, whose incidence rate is less than one percent.
Earlier this year, the FDA called for more men to be included in clinical trials for breast cancer drugs. Picture: Botoros breast scan
More recently, Beyoncé's father, Matthew Knowles, revealed he was diagnosed with stage 1A breast cancer in July after experiencing the same bloody discharge that Botoros did.
Men with breast cancer cases are often more advanced than when they are diagnosed because they do not know they can get the disease.
And when diagnosed, often when men are older, doctors tend to treat them similar to women.
Therefore, in August, the FDA issued a recommendation encouraging male patients to be included in breast cancer clinical trials.
Botros has undergone double mastectomy, a surgical procedure that removes both breasts and is currently without cancer
He told the BBC's Chillie that he hopes sharing his story will help remove some of the stigma surrounding male breast cancer and encourage other men to get tested if they think something is wrong with someone. from their breasts.