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KISS alum Peter Criss tells his breast cancer story

November 18, 2009 |  6:12 pm

Peter Criss
, the former KISS drummer whose signature song "Beth" helped many a high-school guy act tough but sensitive in the 1970s, is a breast cancer survivor.

Yep, you read that right. Now just nod and act cool, as if the idea of breast cancer in men occurs to you all the time.

It doesn't happen often, but it does happen, and it can be fatal. The cat-faced rocker's cancer was diagnosed early, he told the Associated Press, and as of last year he was cancer-free -- so if you'll allow, we'd like to treat this with a touch of hindsight-illuminated lightness.

Because if you're female, this quote from Peter Criss is kind of awesome:

"It's amazing how they can get a guy's little pecs in that thing that the poor women go through," he told the AP. "They are so medieval! I have a whole new respect for women going through mammograms."

Check out all the serious medical dish (symptoms, treatment) on breast cancer in men ...

... over at Booster Shots, and experience the aftermath of some unexpected mammogram news announced earlier this week (yes, mammograms have been making news). And below there's a video of Criss singing "Beth," in case any old-school rock-ballad fans are in the audience today.

Best wishes to Criss that he remains cancer-free, and good on him for helping other guys by telling his story.

We know how you guys are.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Peter Criss, left, has been off and on with KISS over the years, but in 1996 the band roster included him, Paul Stanley, second from left, Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley. Credit: Barry Levine.