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Ohio Dad Battles Breast Cancer: Shocking Sign That Led To Diagnosis

When one thinks of breast cancer and its victims, our minds would usually go to women since they are the more common sufferers. In fact, the sad truth is that in the U.S., at least one in eight women will be diagnosed with it in their lifetime.

However, what many isn’t familiar about is that on rare occasions, it also affects men. And that’s exactly what a man from Ohio who’s currently battling it is stating, warning other men about the dangers of the disease.

49-year-old Daniel DiNardo is an engineer from Youngstown who recently detailed his ongoing battle with breast cancer. According to him, he was first diagnosed with the disease back in 2015, right after he noticed a lump on his chest’s right side. After a biopsy, it was revealed that he is suffering from Stage 3 breast cancer, despite not having any history of breast cancer or anything similar in his family. Later on, DiNardo then underwent mastectomy, radiation and chemotherapy to help purge the disease from his body, which actually went successful. However, the cancer returned after a few months, and then proceeded to spread into other parts of his body.

"It metastasized into my femoral ball in my left hip; there's a spot on my spine [and] a couple [of] spots in my lymph nodes in my chest,” the 49-year-old said in a recent interview.

Despite receiving a six months prognosis right after the initial diagnosis, the 49-year-old is continuing to battle the disease, crediting both his family and God for keeping him going whenever times are hard and look very bleak. Per DiNardo’s wife, her husband’s faith and fighting spirit serve as a very good example, especially for their children.

“We want to teach our children, you can either wake up and cry and woe-is-me or you can get up and fight,” she said.

“If it wasn’t for them and if it wasn’t for God, I’d be nothing. I get my strength from my family and I get my strength from my faith,” DiNardo added.

While rare, breast cancer also affects men, starting the same way it does with women.

Breast Cancer In the U.S., more than 41,700 women are expected to die from the disease in 2019, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). Pixabay