Iowa woman spreads awareness of breast cancer in men

October 22, 2017 04:57 PM

(KTIV) A woman in Iowa is raising awareness about breast cancer in men following her husband's death.

Marly Washburn lost his fight against Stage four Breast Cancer back in May.

"We were told right up front there would be no cure, we knew that going into this, the oncologist hoped that we could get five years, we got five months and they were a difficult five months," said Pat Washburn, wife of Marly.

The risk of a man developing breast cancer is less than 1%, but because breast cancer is so rare in men, they are often diagnosed after the cancer has traveled and infected other areas of the body. 

Since Marly's passing, Pat has been on a one-woman crusade, hoping to help others avoid what she and her husband went through. 

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