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Male breast cancer patient shares experience, awareness of deadly disease

EAST MEADOW — Jeff Flynn, 65, is battling stage four metastatic breast cancer, a disease that only about one in a thousand men are diagnosed with.

“Everything just drained out of me, and your life just changes instantly,” says Flynn.

Flynn is a former strategic account manager at Goldman-Sachs in downtown Manhattan. He’s one of the many now covered under the Sept. 11 victim’s compensation fund after being exposed to deadly toxins at Ground Zero.

According to his lawyer, he is one of around 30 men diagnosed with 9/11 related breast cancer.

“The numbers are staggering, and completely out of proportion with, epidemiologically, what we would expect,” says Dominique Penson.

Flynn learned he had the disease in 2012, but initially ignored the red flags. Since then he has undergone left breast mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. He now takes two hormone shots a day as well as prescription medication.

“I definitely did want to let other males know, to check themselves, check themselves in the shower. Even when you’re visiting your doctor for your annual physical—let them check you,” says Flynn.

He currently volunteers at Adelphi University’s Breast Cancer and Support Program to help others who are affected by the disease.