Shocked: Nick Avery shows his scar A man diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 24 today spoke of his shock. Nicky Avery, believed to be the youngest man to suffer the disease, ignored the lump near his left nipple until his girlfriend encouraged him to see a doctor. Scans and a biopsy in August revealed the lump was cancerous and he has since had part of his nipple and breast removed, leaving a large scar. Mr Avery, a labourer from Southend, said he had previously thought the disease only affected women. He said: "My doctor said I'm the youngest man in Britain to get it. When they told me I had breast cancer I was shocked. I felt numb. I thought 'blokes aren't supposed to get breast cancer'." Mr Avery is due to start chemotherapy. He added: "I'm feeling good. I'm a massive Arsenal fan and Thierry Henry sent me a signed photo, wishing me well. I was over the moon. Other men should be aware that breast cancer can happen to them too."