Ebbsfleet United club secretary Peter Danzey is on the mend after an operation earlier this week following an early diagnosis of breast cancer – a rare but often overlooked condition in men.
Now about to embark on his 10th season in the position of secretary, Peter typically continued to fulfil his duties at the club and kept his condition quiet throughout Fleet’s play-off campaign.
Peter told FleetOnline, “I feel ever so well, I feel like I want to get back in my car and do some work but I’ve got to rest for a little while. I’ve got the test match on, then play-off finals and Champions League at the weekend and then the World Cup so I’m alright for a little while for things to do. But then I want to be around for when we make signings, of course!
“I am going public with details of the operation I have just had for breast cancer. I was very lucky that a few weeks ago whilst having a shower I felt a lump in my left breast area and after having a biopsy it was found to be Grade 1 Cancer – Grade 4 is the most serious apparently – and I have had a mastectomy and level 2 lymph nodes removed.
“According to the consultant, the operation went very well. Obviously, I’m still not out of the woods yet but I have a good chance having been diagnosed early, I feel very well in myself and was home the following day from my op. I have always adopted a positive attitude to the diagnosis.”
Peter explained why he wants to make his condition public amongst Fleet fans and the wider football world: “My reason for going public is to highlight that men can get breast cancer as well as women – but obviously it’s bit more rare. There is a lot of publicity about prostate and testicular cancer but not much in the way of getting men to check for breast cancer. So, guys, get feeling your ‘boobs’!”