Husband and wife battle breast cancer 10 years apart
Oct 7, 2011
Ten years ago, Rusty Lydon, was diagnosed with breast cancer. He went into the doctor's office for a sinus infection. Lydon was in disbelief when he realized it wasn't just an illness that affects women, according to the Patriot Ledger.
This father of three thought that the disease was behind him, until he heard the shocking news that his wife, Annellen, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011.
"I was a deer in the headlights," Annellen told the news source. "I know [Rusty] was nervous and scared, but he kept saying we're going to be fine. As a family, we have endured quite a bit. The fact that a husband and wife have both battled breast cancer is unthinkable."
Annellen continues to fight the disease, but the couple has high hopes. The two are strong supporters of breast cancer screenings today, the media outlet reports.
According to the American Cancer Society, even though it is significantly less likely, men can be diagnosed with breast cancer. In the U.S., one in 1,000 men will be diagnosed with the disease at some point during their lifetime, which is compared to the one in eight women who will suffer from the disease.