Cancer Type – Breast

Short Bio – Richard Roundtree one of the first male celebrities to advocate for breast cancer. Diagnosed with the disease in 1993 it took him over 5 years to tell the world he was a survivor. Read his story here…

Story – Famous for his role in the iconic 1971 film, ‘The Shaft’, Richard Roundtree was flabbergasted when he was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993. Roundtree found a lump while filming a movie in Costa Rica. The actor kept the secret about his diagnosis for five years after he was cancer free. At a celebrity golf tournament to raise funds for a mobile breast diagnostic unit, he stood up on stage and silenced the room with the shock that he was a breast cancer survivor.

Roundtree struggled with his disease, however now wants to help others. As a man, breast cancer is not common, and not something many want to discuss. His cancer was detected early, and most likely contributes to his survival.

Roundtree spends part of his time traveling the country as an advocated for breast cancer awareness, “Think about your kids,” he advises. “Sit down with your family and talk about history, about all this stuff because it can save your life. You got to be vigilant.”

Get routine screening’s. Know your family history. The BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations put family members at a higher risk of breast cancer in men and women, in addition to pancreatic and prostate cancer.

Breast cancer was never part of his script. Thank you Richard for being an advocate and a voice and helping men talk about this disease.

Image Credits – By w:United States Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kristin Fitzsimmons (RELEASED) (Cropped from [1] at [2]) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

BornJuly 9, 1942 (age 74), New Rochelle, New York, U.S.
Years active1970–present