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Breast cancer in men exists, doctor encourages checks

Dawn Gibson
Saturday, October 19, 2013

ALTHOUGH the risk of breast cancer developing in men is extremely low, it still exists.

And men in Fiji are being encouraged to check themselves for the possibility of breast cancer on a regular basis.

According to Fiji Cancer Foundation acting president Dr Tukaha Mua, a number of men in Fiji developed breast cancer in the past.

"Everywhere in the world, there are records of men with breast cancer, but it's a very small portion, so it's very rare," Dr Mua said.

"Less than 1 per cent of breast cancers come from men but still the testing method for breast cancer in men is the same as in women."

Although the exact number of men in Fiji who have developed breast cancer was not revealed, Dr Mua said the rare occurrence was worth being cautious over.

"Cells in the body grow, they divide, get injured, they repair themselves, they grow old and then they die.

"But with cancer cells, the problem is when they divide, they should stop after some time, but they never do.

"That's why cancer is so dangerous and that's why early detection is important."


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