Screen for breast cancer, men urged

Mangaliso Kabulika

IN honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, men have been urged to get screened for breast cancer as early detection can save lives.

It is commonly thought that breast cancer only affects women.

It is one of the major killers of women globally and regionally.

Getting screened is important as it allows for early identification and treatment to start promptly.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is celebrated annually in October to raise awareness about the disease, promote early detection and raise funds for research, prevention, and treatment.

In Zimbabwe, breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women and, although rare in men, about one in 833 men are diagnosed with breast cancer in their life.

Most men are diagnosed between the ages of 60 and 70.

They often face barriers to diagnosis and treatment due to lack of awareness among the general public and health workers.

According to research, there were an estimated 2 000 cases and more than 900 deaths from breast cancer in 2018.

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