With Angelina Jolie's recent
brave move to undergo a double mastectomy, breast cancer seems to be a trending
topic on the internet. New developments and treatments don't seem to dull the
'scary' sheen of breast cancer, and it still stands high among the most feared
But there's something most of us
don't really know about breast cancer - men too, are susceptible to this
Breast cancer is basically a
condition wherein certain cells in the body divide uncontrollably, and cause a
formation of an abnormal lump of cells, which often leads to the formation of a
tumor, possibly a malignant one.
"Male breast cancer is more
common than we actually think and it is more dangerous in men than in women. In
men it catches the chest wall early so even a small nodule in men should be
immediately investigated. However, the treatment for both men and women is
similar," Dr Sameer Kaul, a senior consultant, oncology surgical
Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, explained.
Though there's still a lot to be
known about what actually causes breast cancer in males, scientists suggest
that it may have something to do with the estrogen levels in the body. Obesity
and liver disease further elevate the risk of breast cancer in men. Some
studies even suggest that age may have a role to play in the elevated risk of
"It is estimated that at
least 35% of all cancers have a nutritional connection. Even common health
problems can be prevented or alleviated with a healthy diet. With lifestyle
factors such as smoking, the risk only enhances," senior oncologist at Max
Healthcare Services, Dr Puneet Gupta, said.
A few medical reports also
suggest that men who have suffered from a testicular injury or had abnormal
breast enlargement as a side effect of drug and hormonal treatments may also be
at a greater risk of getting affected by breast cancer.
A self examination, which helps detect and treat
breast cancer at an early stage, is now recommended for men too, looking at the
increasing number of cases.