"Gary Edick knows the isolation of being the anomaly.
In the six years that he has battled breast cancer, he has never met another man with the disease. He tried reaching out to a support group but didn’t feel welcomed by the women. He’s not a fan of pink Octobers.
However, he is making a one-man stand. Edick, who is dying, wanted to go public with his story so other men would know that breast cancer strikes regular guys and to make them aware of the early symptoms he ignored.
“I don’t want more men to die,” said Edick, a former fighter pilot, Cleveland Browns fan and avid golfer who lives on the course at Temple Hills in Williamson County with his wife.
He does not know exactly how long he ignored the flaky skin that had caked around a nipple — maybe a year — before it started to invert. It didn’t hurt. It didn’t itch. His physician noticed the inverted nipple during a checkup. Follow-up tests confirmed Edick was one of the less than 1 percent — the proportion of breast cancer victims who are men.