Surprise man battles breast cancer

What helps him stay positive while going through aggressive treatment.

SURPRISE, Ariz. -  It’s estimated about 2,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016, according to BreastCancer.org.

Marshall Coffman of Surprise is battling stage 4 breast cancer.

“It was kind of devastating because it's like nothing you would ever think would happen to you. Nobody really associates breast cancer with men,” said Marshall Coffman.

Coffman is a father and a husband. He said he’s always lived a healthy life. In June, that all changed with a pain in his head and numbness near his chin. Tests would reveal he had stage 4 breast cancer.

The cancer had spread to his head and other parts of his body. Coffman said the toughest part of the diagnosis was telling his daughters.

“That was probably the toughest thing I’ve ever done with my children -- tell them their father is sick -- because you always want them to see you as the strong guy and the role model,” said Coffman.

Coffman is currently undergoing aggressive chemotherapy, and the support of his two daughters is helping him stay positive.

“They ask me every day how I’m doing and it’s amazing, the brightness in their eyes and the love in their heart. That every time they see daddy its ‘Daddy!’ and 'How you doing?' They come straight home from school and come over to see how dad is doing,” said Coffman.

According to BreastCancer.org, less than one percent of men will get breast cancer. Coffman said while it’s still rare for men to get breast cancer, he urges all men to monitor their health.

Early detection is crucial to surviving the disease.

“Check. We do the same routine as women do. Do the little rub (on the chest). Whatever is necessary. Just do it. Get it done because it's your life,” said Coffman.

Coffman is currently on disability while he fights his cancer. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help his family with expenses. If you’re interested in helping, visit gofundme.com/team-marshall

For more information on male breast cancer, visit breastcancer.org

Copyright 2016 KPNX


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