Husband and wife both beat breast cancer
Mar 22, 2011
Despite a 20,000 to one chance of having both husband and wife develop breast cancer within 10 years, that is exactly what happened to Paul Cross, 63, and Ann Cross, 60, according to the Daily Mail.
Ann was first diagnosed with breast cancer about a decade ago and Paul, a lawyer, helped her overcome the disease. The couple was shocked to find that Paul also had the disease last year.
In the U.S., about 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, while less than 2,000 men are found to have the disease.
The second time around, Ann helped Paul through the diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
"I think because I'd been through it I could help more. I knew what he might be feeling and thinking, and he knew I knew what I was talking about," Ann told the news source.
The couple, who together have four sons aged 33 to 38, are now celebrating their ruby anniversary this year - they were married in 1971. Both are cancer-free.
About one in eight women in developed countries are diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in her life. Many men do not realize that they are also susceptible to the illness.