Is Ignorance Really Bliss? – Cases of Breast Cancer in Men

by Medindia Content Team on  February 18, 2006 at 11:48 AM Cancer News   - G J E 4
Is Ignorance Really Bliss? – Cases of Breast Cancer in Men
Men are simply unaware of the symptoms of breast cancer or those who suspect it, feel awkward to seek help, according to an expert on cancer, Professor Ian Fentiman.

The Prof says that in the UK alone, the yearly statistics show that about 250 men test positive for cancer and nearly 70 succumb to it. This is also because nearly half of the patients go undiagnosed till the cancer has advanced to an irrevocable stage.

Men should watch out for a painless lump in the chest or an inwardly turned nipple. Which are perhaps tell tale symptoms of the onset of cancer, though symptoms of gynaecomastia , also shows up as a swelling under the nipple, albeit harmless.

Professor Fentiman said: "If diagnosed early enough, a man with breast cancer has between 75% - 100% chance of making a full recovery, but this can drop to as low as 30% for men with very advanced disease." On an average, it takes men abut 16monhts to approach a GP, after detecting a lump. This means that when they actually get to the hospital, their cancer is pretty advanced bring down their chances of survival.

With treatment standards being very effective for male breast cancer as well, it makes it imperative to commence treatment early enough for it to be successful. According to widespread opinion, there was not enough information and support available to men, and needs to be addressed at the national level.


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Your comments re men and breast cancer are so true and very real. In Australia the following website has been developed to educate young men and women about breast cancer awareness and currently is going one step further with developing it as a learning site for High Schools. The intent is to also mirror this website for other cultures if they so desire. If this website can help young women and men in India please contact us on and we will see what we can do.
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Is this due to the ageing population that the incidence of cancer is generally on the increase Varsha
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