New Delhi: Though it may sound quirky to many but it is a proven fact that cancer is taking hold on men too. Especially those who are diabetic and obese are at higher risk. Not many men know that they also have breast tissues which are not functional. A lump in these tissues can sometimes lead to breast cancer. As per the data, out of the total breast cancer cases in India one percent is found in men.
When Lump Appears
Breast cancer in men spreads when cells under nipples and areola grow out of control. Such growth forms tumor which is often visible in X-Ray as lump. The lump is certainly not limited only to nipples. It can appear in armpit, neck or other parts near the breast area. As breast cancer tumor is malignant if left unchecked, it can spread in other parts of the body.
Causes are Unknown
Imbalanced levels of female and male hormones, genetic mutation are a few known causes of breast cancer. Along with that, those who have family history of such disease or are diabetic and suffer hypertensions are at threat.
Affects Physically as well as Emotionally
So far it was believed that breast cancer is something which only women can get. In such a situation when men find themselves trapped with the disease their dilemma doubles. Usually the patient avoids talking about it and in between, the tumor spreads and treatment gets delayed which becomes life threatening.
Breast cancer in men can be identified easily with its significant symptoms. These include lump, thickness in breast tissues, bleeding or inward turning of nipples, redness or scaling near the breast area. When these symptoms are visible the patient immediately needs to see the doctor as early diagnosis plays an important role in curing the disease.
Timely Diagnosis and Awareness is the Cure
Experts say that usually there is a difference of almost one and one and a half year while initial symptoms appear and patient gets diagnosed. Early diagnosis can prove life saving for the patient and it is possible only if the men are aware of the fact that nowadays breast cancer is not limited only to women. Most of the male patient consider the breast cancer a subject of shame and humiliation and hence they restraint themselves from going to doctor.