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Thursday, October 13, 2011
Peter Criss: Talks Fighting Cancer In New Interview
KISS drummer Peter Criss has been clear of cancer for four years –
but he admits every time he feels pain the spectre of the killer
disease returns to haunt him.
was diagnosed with breast cancer, a form which many people don’t
realise can affect men as well as women. Since fighting off the
illness the 65-year-old has dedicated time to spreading the word in
the hope of saving lives.
“My checkup comes up next week. I’m real excited about it because
I feel great, except for the old pains that come from drumming for
say it’s five years and you’re out of the water. Every day I wake
up and get a pain, I think of the Big C immediately. Because once
it’s in your body it’s evil.
even went into therapy over it all because I just couldn’t believe
it. You just have that fear – it never goes away. But I’m not
worried. Every day above ground, my dad used to say, is a good day.”
was diagnosed early after discovering a lump in his chest at the time
his wife, also a cancer victim, was receiving her own medical
attention. Her doctor checked him out and had the treatment process
started right away.
drummer says: “It was a nodule, like a lump in my nipple. Look out
for bumps and pain, a kind of pain where you just know, ‘This is a
kind of pain I’ve never had before’.
had cysts and I remember them. This was different. It hurt like hell.
It got bigger as I screwed around with it.
don’t know why of all things, because men just don’t think of
breast cancer – we just don’t – but I swear, buddy, I just knew
that breast cancer had hit me for some reason.”
first his doctor thought it was a false alarm, but a few weeks later
Criss got a phone call he describes as an “Are you standing or
sitting type of call.
bottom of your stomach falls out. He goes, ‘You’ve got breast
cancer, Peter. You have to come back in now, and I want to remove
your nipple and your breast muscle and take your lymph nodes out, and
make sure we get this son of a bitch immediately, because I can
because you came in so soon.
is the key: early detection, my friend. The minute you feel
something, and I don’t care if it’s under your arm or your leg or
your testicles or behind your ear – you must tell someone or go to
your doctor immediately. Just sitting around, you won’t be here