Many men believe that they are not at risk for the disease.

Father Diagnosed With Breast Cancer Struggles To Convince Friends That It’s Real

When Paul Caine was diagnosed with breast cancer, he had a hard time gaining the support of his friends.

They thought he was joking, assuming that men can’t get breast cancer. None of them believed he was suffering from the disease.

Now, the 50-year-old speaks up about the cancer that invaded his body. While the disease is predominantly seen in women — with nearly 50,000 diagnosed each year — Caine is one of 350 men who are diagnosed each year in the UK.

In the United States, the stakes are higher, with one in every 1,000 men diagnosed annually. According to the American Cancer Association, breast cancer kills about one man every day in the US.

Paul Caine noticed a lump in his left breast when he was in the shower last May, according to The Daily Mail. He notes, “I thought it was a cyst as I had never heard of breast cancer in men.” While many men are made aware of the dangers of prostate cancer, few believe that breast cancer is a risk for them.

His concerned doctor, however, referred him to the hospital where he underwent the same mammography procedures that women do. He was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Caine underwent surgery and chemotherapy. His radiation treatment will begin later this month. The father of 16-year-old daughter Grace notes, “Having cancer gives you a different perspective on life. It makes you think about life and your health more. I had never thought about cancer before.”

Many of Caine's friends didn't beleive that he had breast cancer.