Actor Richard Roundtree, Now 81 Years Old, is a Breast Cancer Survivor

Richard Roundtree

Richard Roundtree is an iconic actor who rose to fame in the 1970s with his leading role in the classic action film "Shaft." However, in 1993, he faced a new challenge when he was diagnosed with male breast cancer. At the time, male breast cancer was not widely known or discussed, and there were few resources available for men with the disease. Roundtree decided to speak publicly about his experience to raise awareness and help other men facing the same diagnosis.

Roundtree underwent surgery and treatment for his breast cancer, and fortunately, he has been cancer-free for many years. He has used his platform to speak out about the importance of early detection and to encourage men to get screened for breast cancer. In 1996, he testified before Congress about the need for more funding for breast cancer research, particularly for male breast cancer, which is still relatively rare and underfunded compared to breast cancer in women.

The seasoned actor's advocacy has helped to increase awareness about male breast cancer and to break down the stigma and shame that can be associated with the disease. He has shown that breast cancer can affect anyone, regardless of gender, and that with early detection and treatment, it is possible to overcome the disease. Roundtree's bravery and resilience in the face of breast cancer continue to inspire others to speak out and seek help when facing a cancer diagnosis.