Throughout his life, Steve Hall has had four kinds of cancer, beginning with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 14 to being treated for breast cancer now at 40.
Breast cancer is not typically associated with males, but thousands of Australian men – one in 670 to be specific – are diagnosed with it every year.
This June, Steve’s wife, Alison, and his sister, Leanne, are dying their hair pink as part of the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s Go Pink campaign.
Alison thanks the foundation for the work it has done during the years, saying that without it, Steve’s treatment would have been much harder.
“Because my husband has had cancer before, there were certain treatments he could not have anymore,” she says.
“If we did not have the people doing the research who had gotten to this stage, they would not have known about all the other ways they can still treat him.
“So it is a really nice idea to support the people who have gotten us to the point we are at now.”
Steve says that while there have been leaps and bounds made in cancer treatments since he first underwent chemotherapy 25 years ago as a teenager, the current bouts of chemo are still very draining.
Following being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, he was diagnosed with leukaemia at age 16 and needed a lifesaving bone marrow transplant.
He then had a squamous cell carcinoma removed from his tongue when he was 33.
“Going through cancer was not a new experience for me, but certainly I was not expecting to have breast cancer,” he says.
“I had a mastectomy in March  and was only the fourth man the surgeon had [performed the procedure] on.
“I think I recovered quite well from the surgical procedure, but I am now on my third round of chemotherapy, and that knocks you around a bit.”
Common symptoms of breast cancer include a lump or thickening in the breast tissue, changes to the skin over the breast, and changes to the nipple, such as redness or scaling.
Only around one per cent of breast cancers in Australia occur in men.
Alison and Leanne will be receiving their new hairstyles at 5:00 pm on Thursday, 3 June, at Creative Image Hairdressers in Kambah.
Canberrans are welcome to join in at the salon on ‘dye day’ and come dressed in pink. The event will also be livestreamed on Alison and Leanne’s respective Instagram accounts, @alisonsarahhall and @leannehg.
There will be pink food and drinks, raffles and a chance to colour yourself pink, too.
You can donate to their fundraiser here.
More information about breast cancer and the National Breast Cancer Foundation can be found here.