Easy Ways On How To Detect Male Breast Cancer
I bet you never knew that a man can develop breast cancer. This ignorance is what accounts for the higher mortality in male breast cancer than in female breast cancer. It is rare but it is real
According to the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in America, less than 1% of all breast cancer cases develop in men. More so, only one in one thousand men will ever be diagnosed with breast cancer.
The fact that the probability that an average man will develop breast cancer is one out of one thousand is enough reason for a man to start getting conscious of the signs.
All humans are born with some breast cells and tissue. While the female breast cells will develop and produce milk, the male breast cells cannot do that. This fact, therefore, proves that a male can also develop cancer in their breast cells.
One of the ways to detect Breast cancer in men is just like that of women- a hard lump beneath the nipple and areola. But unlike women who have become used to checking themselves up for any sign or symptom, men are unable to detect the sign early enough to seek treatment and therefore the mortality rate of men with breast cancer is higher than that of the women.
How To Detect Breast Cancer Early
The journal of the National Cancer Institute in America has also proven that the early detection of breast cancer accounts for 99% survival rate. This includes doing monthly breast self-examination, doing a regular clinical breast examination or having a mammogram.
This might be ridiculous for men but that’s the only way to be sure you are not one of the one in a thousand men who will develop breast cancer.
The best-known way to detect breast cancer early is to become proactive about your breast health. Check for the following signs
- Breast pains: As a man do you feel any pain or discomfort when you try to press the areas around your nipple. If you need, you should try and get a clinical examination of your breast cells
- Breast Cyst: If you feel a lump while trying to check for pain or discomfort any here around your nipple or beneath it, it is best you go for a thorough clinical examination or mammogram. According to research, 40% of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump. Therefore self-examination as important for men as it is for women
How To Prevent Breast Cancer
It is still unclear the main cause of breast cancer because years of research has resulted in conflicting outcomes. So it cannot be stated for a fact that some of the risk factors such as; reducing the intake of alcohol, not smoking, reducing the intake of caffeine…will prevent cancer but it does reduce the risk of developing cancerous cells.
However, it is for a fact that breast cancer is caused by a complex interaction of a person’s genetic make up
It can also be hereditary. Doctors have estimated about 5 – 10% of breast cancers are linked to gene mutations that are passed on from one generation to another.
However, there are ways to reduce your chances of ever having breast cancer as a man:
- Maintain a healthy weight: You need to maintain a healthy weight. Obesity is a risk factor for cancer, especially for breast cancer. If you need to lose some fats, hit the gym and work it out- a gym facilitator can assist and you can also seek medical advice concerning the best weight loss procedure for you. If your weight is healthy, it is better to maintain but most importantly, be conscious of your daily calorie intake.
- Choose a healthy diet: You need to also choose a healthy diet. Let your diet contain mainly vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts. Maintaining a healthy diet reduces the risk of cancer.
- Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all: Let your intake of alcoholic drink or caffeine be moderate, if at all. If you must take alcohol, let it not be more than a drink a day and then choose drinks with a minimal volume of alcohol.
- Exercise most days of the week: You can start with a 30 minutes routine daily and then you can gradually increase it. Better still, check with your doctor or fitness coach to ascertain how to begin your exercise.
Inculcate Healthy Habits
Making a healthy lifestyle your top priority in your everyday life will help reduce the risk of any kind of cancer including breast cancer. Exercise well, eat a lot of fruits and vegetable, drink a lot of water and cut down on a lot of junk foods.
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