Grandpa underwent a mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer

A grandfather of two underwent a mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Mike Burrows needed surgery after finding a lump in his chest.

Now she urges men to swallow their “pride pill” and call for help for their health. And he said if he hadn’t acted quickly when he found the lump in his chest, he “probably wouldn’t be sitting here right now”.




Just weeks after retiring last year, Mike, from Ashbourne, Derbyshire, discovered what felt like a pea-sized lump “on (her) right side breast” while showering. The now 69-year-old said he “didn’t do anything” at first, because he thought it might be temporary swelling.

A week later, she realized the lump was still there and decided to call her doctor. After explaining everything “very regretfully” to the receptionist and saying, “probably nothing”, Mike was booked for a GP appointment the following day, and he was then referred to Royal Derby Hospital for further examination and a biopsy.

“Before I did the biopsy, I didn’t know what was going to happen,” said Mike. It suddenly dawned on me when I got to the door and it said: ‘Breast Clinic’ – and as I walked through the door, I was the only man in there, and I thought: ‘I’m beyond my means here’. ”

Mike with his dog Ollie(Image: Collect/Real Life PA)

Following a biopsy – in which a small sample of tissue is taken for examination – Mike was notified on October 25, 2022 that he had breast cancer. According to Cancer Research UK, less than 1% of breast cancers in the UK are found in men, and Mike said he and his wife Jackie, a 62-year-old paramedic, were “shocked” by the news.

He said: “I was just staring at the floor in the consulting room. I just didn’t know what to say, nothing came out of my mouth.

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