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Breast Cancer in Men
We have been informed through various studies that one in every thirty girls born in India may face breast cancer during any phase of her life but the recent researches supports the fact that one in every four hundred men born in India may also develop breast cancer. The result of the study may be surprising but it is true. The route cause is an abnormal breast cell growth that may be cancerous is stimulated by high estrogen (female hormone) levels. Factors that influence it include:
-Regular consumption of hormonal medicines or herbal supplements.
-Increased body weight due to unhealthy dietary habits.
-Smoking and/or chronic alcoholism.
-Genetic aberrations like Klinefelter Syndrome elevate estrogen levels in men.
-Men with a family history of breast cancer stand high risk as they may inherit either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes.
Individuals, especially adolescents, undergoing radiation therapy for conditions like Hodgkin’s Disease need to be careful as the odds of developing breast cancer are high. In exceptional cases, gynecomastia or enlargement of breasts in men may also lead to breast cancer.