Fam­ily genes

Giles Cooper, 57, from Glouces­ter­shire

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I n 2004, my fa­ther, 77, died from breast cancer. Un­til his di­ag­no­sis, didn’t know it af­fected men Sadly, my un­cle Christophe­r, 77, also died from breast cancer two years later, in 2006. Af­ter that, I reg­u­larly checked my­self for lumps – and, in sum­mer 2014, I found one.

My wife Ni­cola, 53, is a nurse and pushed me to get it checked.

It was breast cancer and I had a dou­ble mas­tec­tomy.

Even though the cancer was only in my right breast, I felt with my fam­ily his­tory it was my only op­tion.

I have a daugh­ter and son, so I make sure they check them­selves for lumps.

It’s im­por­tant for men to know they can get it, too.

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