Former NSW premier Nick Greiner has undergone a mastectomy after being diagnosed with cancer.

Greiner had his left breast removed earlier this month and has since been given a clean bill of health.

Around 125 cases of male breast cancer are diagnosed in Australia each year, and survival rates are high, with 85% of those men living five years later.

The risk of developing breast cancer in men increases with age, as the average age of male diagnosis is 69.

Cancer Council Australia CEO, Dr Ian Olver, hopes Nick Greiner’s story will encourage other men to get checked, and remind them that early detection is equally as important for men as it is for women.

Audio by Multimedia Reporter Andre Charadia

Photo credit: Peter Braig

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