04 February 2012
By Umesh Isalkar
Condition Often Diagnosed Late In Men; At Least One Case In Pune Every Month: Experts
This may sound strange, but this is true. Breast cancer in men is on the rise in the city. At least one case of male breast cancer is seen in Pune every month, say experts. Contrary to breast cancer in women, male breast cancer is detected late and spreads faster.
“Although very rare, approximately 1% of all breast cancer is diagnosed in men. Male breast cancer is cancer that forms in the breast tissue of men. Though breast cancer is most commonly thought of as a woman’s disease, male breast cancer does occur,” said cancer surgeon Rakes Neve. There are 12 cancer surgeons in the city. Among them one case of male breast cancer is seen every month, Neve said.
According to medical literature, a one out of 100 breast cancer patient is a man. “At present we can not quantify the increase. But there is definitely a slight rise,” Neve said.