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Breast cancer on the rise in men

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Dr. Jani explains how race and ethnicity plays a role in men's breast cancer. Dr. Jani explains how race and ethnicity plays a role in men's breast cancer.
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

As the month of October began, so did the discussion of breast cancer awareness. Although rare in men, making up about .5 percent, its much higher in other areas such as Central Africa where it accounts about 6 percent. 

That's because certain races and ethnicities are more prone to inherit mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2, a tumor suppressor gene.

"When you have this genetic mutation the risk of transmitting the gene is high and the chances of getting breast cancer and other cancers goes up," Medical Director of Hematology Oncology Chirag Jani said.

Breast cancer in men has increased 26 percent over the last 25 years and usually found in ages 65 to 67, 10 years older than in women. This is making Georgia doctors urge men to make appointments.

Dr. Jani continued, "We are seeing more stages three and four then comparison to California where people are aware and getting mammograms instead of a year, every six months and they're so aware."

He feels its important to get checked during routine physicals especially if you have family history of breast cancer because it can be passed down. And if detected early is preventable.

"The treatments in which we now have the potential of curing breast cancer if its detected in a early stage," Dr. Jani said.

He also says it all comes down to community awareness.

 

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