Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide and the second most common cancer overall.
Cancer is one of the main causes of mortality worldwide.
In 20018, 8 million deaths were recorded as a result of malignant diseases, and this figure is estimated to reach 11 million by 2030.
I am seeing more breast cancer in men in my consultations. This is due to several factors:
History of radiation exposure of the chest
Enlargement of breasts (called gynecomastia) from drug or hormone treatments, or even some infections and poisons.
A rare genetic condition called Klinefelter’s syndrome
Severe liver disease, called cirrhosis
Diseases of the testicles such as mumps orchitis, a testicular injury, or an undescended testicle.
Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women in 140 of 184 countries worldwide.
Globally, breast cancer now represents one in four of all cancers in women.
Prevention is the key: avoid risk factors, like smoking, drinking alcohol excessively, breastfeed if possible, be active, eat healthy.
Early detection can save your life: check with your family doctor every year. If you are at high risk attend medical consultations twice a year for your doctor to do a breast examination and ask questions. Practice breast self-exam regularly.
Despite controversy, studies show that breast cancer screening with mammography saves lives.