Two men in Giles Cooper’s family died after being diagnosed with breast cancer, then he got the disease.
Mr Cooper, from Conderton, Worcestershire, underwent a double mastectomy and is now hoping to increase awareness it’s not just an illness affecting women.
He’s part of a long-term study by Breast Cancer Now charity which is investigating the disease in men.
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