Criss Urges Men To Get Checked For Breast Cancer

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September 17, 2010 | 2:55pm EST

Former Kiss star Peter Criss has urged men not to let their egos get in the way of seeking treatment for breast cancer – because the disease will not go away if it’s simply ignored.

The veteran rocker was diagnosed with cancer in 2008 and has been campaigning to raise awareness about the illness since beating the condition more commonly associated with women.

He is set to take part in a charity walk in New Jersey next month to help fight the stigma attached to male breast cancer – and he insists there should be no embarrassment in having any concerns checked out.

Criss says, “It’s not an embarrassing thing – it’s a very important, major thing. You find something wrong, you have to go to see a doctor immediately. It’s not going to go away.”

The 64 year old never thought he would be struck down by breast cancer – and he wants others to take note of his life-changing experience.

He adds, “I was this rock hero – I had dolls made of me! I never thought I could catch anything. And then there it was.”