Ex-Kiss drummer: Breast cancer not just for women

AP News
Posted: Nov 18, 2009 5:30 AM

Former Kiss drummer Peter Criss is speaking out about his recent bout with breast cancer.

The rocker known as "Catman" is encouraging other men to get tested as soon as they suspect something might be wrong.

He says he didn't think it was possible for men to get breast cancer until he went to a doctor after finding a small lump on his left breast in 2007. He later learned that the cancer had been caught early enough that he wouldn't need chemotherapy, radiation or medication after the lump was surgically removed.

Dr. Alexander Swistel, who treated Criss, says the 63-year-old New Jersey resident is cancer-free today.

Criss says there shouldn't be any stigma attached to having the disease or seeking help for it. He's working on a new solo album and an autobiography.