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More and more men are getting breast cancer

More and more men are getting breast cancer

Men are also at risk from breast cancer genes
29.06.2013

There is a breast cancer gene not only in women, but also in men. They too are at risk of getting breast cancer. That is why doctors recommend precautionary measures.

A few hundred men a year With more than 70,000 new cases per year, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, which affects every eighth woman statically. Little is known to many that men can also get breast cancer. Although only a few hundred male patients are diagnosed each year, doctors warn that men with the BRCA2 breast cancer gene are at risk. Up to 20 percent of them develop breast cancer, explained Marion Kiechle, director of the women's clinic at the University Hospital Rechts der Isar in Munich. In addition, they are at increased risk of prostate and colon cancer, which is why they should take part in appropriate preventive programs. “You will also look at the breasts of these men and send them for regular breast examinations.” A cancer diagnosis is followed by therapy in men as well, but a precautionary breast amputation, as sometimes in women, is out of the question.

Uncertainty among women The US actress Angelina Jolie had made the subject of breast amputation some time ago when she had both breasts removed as a precaution because of breast cancer cases in the family. Many women in Germany have been concerned since then and more and more seek advice from medical professionals. Inquiries at many university hospitals and breast centers nationwide have recently doubled or quadrupled. Pauline Wimberger, head of the Dresden Breast Center, said that in Dresden the numbers had increased "on average five times, on peak days even ten times." To this day around 2,500 participants in Munich are still dealing with the annual conference of the German Society for Senology (DGS) with therapeutic and diagnostic advances. Even if women who are genetically predisposed have a particularly high risk, doctors still warn of hysteria. Mutated genes are only responsible for five to ten percent of all cases. Andreas Schneeweiss from the National Center for Tumor Diseases at Heidelberg University Hospital and DGS board member said: "The goal must be for women to be well informed, preferably in a center certified by the German Cancer Society and the DGS."

Removal of breasts and ovaries as a precaution At the Rechts der Isar Clinic, 60 percent of breast cancer patients can be removed as a precautionary measure. It is still unclear whether the numbers have increased since Jolie's revelation. In addition, 80 percent of those affected can have their ovaries removed after completing family planning because they also carry an increased risk of cancer there. For the self-image of women, this is a not so deep cut. "You don't see any of it." However, it is quite different with a breast amputation. However, a reconstruction can already take place when the breast is removed. "The patient does not have to experience the trauma of the amputation so strongly," said Congress President Axel-Mario Feller. However, breasts cannot be reconstructed with all functions and feelings. The methods are so good that women can forget in everyday life that they are amputated. If there is a genetic bias, there are alternatives, such as that of close-knit preventive care, instead of making a radical surgical decision. (ad)

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Video: Mayo Clinic Minute: Breast cancer is a risk for men (September 2020).