Male Breast Cancer Survivor, David Smyle, Is Proud to Educate San Diegans


San Diego resident, and commercial mortgage broker, David Smyle didn’t think his breast abnormalities were anything to worry about. But in 2015 when he showed his doctor his inverted nipple, pimple-like growth on the nipple, and tenderness under his left breast, he was sent for a biopsy which came back positive for stage II ductal carcinoma in both breasts.

“Cancer is cancer… Fix it. Take care of it. That’s all that mattered to me,” said Smyle. “I go to the gym and jacuzzi, but I’m not ashamed of it. It’s an opportunity to educate people.”

Breast cancer in men is rare, but it does happen. In the U.S., less than one percent of all breast cancer cases occur in men [51]. Survival rates for men are about the same as for women with the same stage of breast cancer at the time of diagnosis [120]. However, men are often diagnosed at a later stage of breast cancer [120]. Men may be less likely than women to report signs and symptoms, which may lead to delays in diagnosis [121].

David has used his breast cancer journey as a force for good in San Diego and he uses his scars to begin the dialogue.

“It is vital for men to be their own healthcare advocates and familiarize themselves with the most common signs of breast cancer. The sooner you catch it, the better chance you have of living.”