Breast cancer is malignant cells that form on the breast cell and are visible through an x-ray and felt as a lump. It is common in women and rarely found in men.
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This type of cancer occurs in invasive and non-invasive forms. In the invasive cancer form, the cells break through normal breast tissue barriers and spread to other parts of the body through the bloodstream and lymph nodes.
For the latter, the cells remain in a particular location of the breast, without spreading to surrounding tissue and ducts.
In Kenya, no case of male breast cancer has been diagnosed. This might be caused by the fact that men rarely report any unusualness around their breast tissues.
Worldwide, breast cancer in men accounts for 1% of all cancer diagnosis cases. Lifetime risk is 1 in 833. Many women know how to look out for cancer-related changes whilst there is less awareness for the male case.
Detecting breast cancer in men is easy but on the flip side, cancer may spread quickly to nearby tissues. This is as a result of cancer having less room to grow within the breast.
For these reasons, around 40% of men with breast cancer receive a diagnosis in stage 3 or 4. At this stage, the disease has spread to other parts of the body. As a result, the overall survival rate is lower for men than for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Some factors could lead to formation of breast cancer.
Dealing with cancer is an immense challenge that cuts across the individual, family, and friends. It creates emotional and practical difficulties. Many women with breast cancer will have to cope with the removal of part or all of a breast, which can be very upsetting.
Instead of stigmatizing them for such causes and others that we may think of, it is good if we support them emotionally, physically, spiritually, financially and any other type of support.
It can also help to talk to someone who’s been through the same thing as you. Many breast cancer charities have groups and forums and staff can also put you in touch with other women who have had cancer treatment.
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