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Men, Too, At Risk Of Breast Cancer

Times of India
04 February 2012
By Umesh Isalkar
Pune India
Condition Often Diagnosed Late In Men; At Least One Case In Pune Every Month: Experts

This may sound strange, but this is true. Breast cancer in men is on the rise in the city. At least one case of male breast cancer is seen in Pune every month, say experts. Contrary to breast cancer in women, male breast cancer is detected late and spreads faster.

“Although very rare, approximately 1% of all breast cancer is diagnosed in men. Male breast cancer is cancer that forms in the breast tissue of men. Though breast cancer is most commonly thought of as a woman’s disease, male breast cancer does occur,” said cancer surgeon Rakes Neve. There are 12 cancer surgeons in the city. Among them one case of male breast cancer is seen every month, Neve said.

According to medical literature, a one out of 100 breast cancer patient is a man. “At present we can not quantify the increase. But there is definitely a slight rise,” Neve said.

Men, Too, At Risk Of Breast Cancer

Neve elaborated, “It is not clear what causes male breast cancer. We only know that male breast cancer occurs when some breast cells begin growing abnormally. These cells divide more rapidly than healthy cells. The accumulating cells form a tumor that may spread (metastasize) to nearby tissue, to the lymph nodes or to other parts of the body.”

Contrary to breast cancer in women, male breast cancer is detected late and spreads faster. “This is because there is lack of breast tissues in a male breast that facilitates the early spread to nearby body tissues,” Neve said.

Oncosurgeon Sujai Hegde said, “Male breast cancer is most common in the age group of 45–65 years, though it can occur at any age. The youngest case I have seen is a 31–year–old.”

Due to lack of awareness, this disease is often diagnosed late or misdiagnosed among men, leading to severe consequences, said doctors.

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