Male Breast Cancer: a reality

male breast exam cancer

You may be thinking: Men don’t have breasts, so how can they get breast cancer?

Even though men don’t have breasts like women, they do have a small amount of breast tissue. The “breasts” of an adult man are similar to the breasts of a girl before puberty. In girls, this tissue grows and develops, but in men, it doesn’t. But because it is still breast tissue, men can get breast cancer. Men get the same types of breast cancers that women do, but cancers involving the parts that make and store milk are rare.

Risk factors of male breast cancer include:

  • Breast cancer in a close female relative
  • History of radiation exposure of the chest
  • Enlargement of breasts (called gynecomastia) from drug or hormone treatments, or even some infections and poisons
  • Taking estrogen
  • A rare genetic condition called Klinefelter’s syndrome
  • Severe liver disease (called cirrhosis)
  • Diseases of the testicles such as mumps orchitis, a testicular injury, or an undescended testicle.

The major problem is that breast cancer in men is often diagnosed later than breast cancer in women. This may be because men are less likely to be suspicious of something strange in that area. Also, their small amount of breast tissue is harder to feel, making it harder to catch these cancers early. It also means tumors can spread more quickly to surrounding tissues.

The lymph system is important to understand because it is one of the ways that breast cancers can spread.

male breast cancer structure

But, not all men with cancer cells in their lymph nodes develop metastases to other areas, and some men can have no cancer cells in their lymph nodes and later develop metastases.

Men can also have some benign (not cancerous) breast disorders.

The most important, like for women, is prevention and the auto examination. Know your body and more likely you will figure out what is not normal.

Stay healthy, be happy!



Why is Breast Cancer the most common Cancer in Women?

breast cancer

Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant cells form in the tissues of the breast. Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 440 will die each year. Mostly because they are diagnosed too late.

Breast cancer is hormone related, and the factors that modify the risk of this cancer when diagnosed premenopausally and when diagnosed (much more commonly) postmenopausally are not the same. For premenopausal breast cancer there was convincing evidence that consuming alcoholic drinks increases the risk of this cancer and lactation protects against it. Adult attained height and greater birth weight are probably causes of this cancer and body fatness probably protects against this cancer.

Nevertheless, the strongest risk factor for breast cancer is age. A woman’s risk of developing this disease increases as she gets older. It has been proven that our body parts, tissues and organs get old in different ways, and sometimes the biological age does not correspond to the chronological age. Women breast tissues do get old faster than other parts of the body. But, there are other factors that can contribute to an increased risk.

It is also known that many women are more interested in the risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer at specific ages or over specific time periods than in the risk of being diagnosed at some point during their lifetime.

Does this mean that women are increasingly prepared to be affected by the disease because it is so common? Does it also mean that being aware of the way the disease also affects femininity besides health itself, it is “safer” to be stricken by it later in life?

The good news is that in recent years, perhaps coinciding with the decline in prescriptive hormone replacement therapy after menopause, we have seen a gradual reduction in female breast cancer incidence rates among women aged 50 and older. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, in part due to better screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options.

And also natural treatments will continuously win a place in our lives.

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Soursop Leaves and Hypertension

high blood pressure hypertension

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure (HBP), is a long term medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is persistently elevated. High blood pressure usually does not cause symptoms. Long term high blood pressure, however, is a major risk factor for coronary artery disease, stroke, heart failure, peripheral vascular disease, vision loss, and chronic kidney disease.

By now you may know that nutrients from the leaves, fruit, bark and other parts of Soursop are said to have strong anti-tumor / anti-cancer effects, and scientifically proven to cure various types of cancers, even though it has not been validated yet. But, this is subject for another post. In addition, the fruits and leaves are also said to function as an anti-bacterial, anti fungal, effective against many types of parasites and worms, blood pressure, depression, stress, and normalize the nervous system.

The high concentration of potassium present in Soursop, together with the antioxidant power of acetogenin are the main responsibles for the benefits of Soursop for people with hypertension. These elements cooperate in the regulation of blood circulation, in dilating the blood vessels and fighting clogged arteries, contributing to a better flow of the blood and oxygen between the heart and other body organs. Consequently, this generates positive effects in blood pressure control.

Female, 48 years
Negeri Sembilan, MALAYSIA

I have high blood pressure and was taking medication in the last 7 years. Since taking the medication, I experienced some side effects such as urination problem and pain in the body, especially in the back and fingers.

About a month ago, I went to the hospital for regular checkups as directed. My blood pressure reading was not satisfactory – 150/100. So the doctor changed my medication.

The new medication have made the side effects that I have been experiencing become worse. I feel like not willing to go on like this anymore.

On a day, I heard my friends chatting about the benefits of soursop. I asked them how to treat high blood pressure. They suggested I drink soursop leaves tea.

As side effects from the new medication is quite severe, I decided to not take the medication anymore. I only drink soursop tea every day.

After 3 days, the side effects that I experienced were almost gone. I feel more energetic and cheerful.

After about 3 weeks drinking the soursop tea, I went to the hospital for regular checkups as directed. My blood pressure reading was satisfactory – 130/80. So the doctor again changed my medication, but I did not tell the doctor that I no longer take the medication. I just accept the medication.

We always recommend that you consult a doctor first, and if you have low blood pressure you should not take Soursop

Do you suffer from hypertension? Have you tried Soursop tea lately? Any effects?

Please share with us, we are delighted to hear from you!

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