Beware of Breast Cancer in Men

Beware of Breast Cancer in Men

Jakarta – If you think breast cancer only occurs in women, you are wrong. The number two deadly disease in the world after cervical cancer can also affect men.

Chairperson of the Indonesian Breast Cancer Foundation (YKPI) Linda Agum Gumelar explained this after she attended the socialization of Sadanis (clinical breast examination) and free mammography examination  at SDN 01 Pagi Cipinang Besar Selatan, East Jakarta.

“Breast cancer can also occur in men. Although the percentage is below one percent, but if you have breast cancer, it must be malignant, “Linda said to

Indeed, Linda continued, men with breast cancer in Indonesia are still rare. Even looking at YKPI’s mammography car unit (UMM) program, the participants who did free mammography were dominated by women.

She explained, from 2015 to May 2018, UMM YKPI had examined 10,356 people. Of these, 1,511 people or 14.7 percent suffered from benign tumors.

“So that they (who suffer from benign tumors, ed) must carry out further examinations,” she said.
While those who suffer from malignant tumors as many as 50 participants over 1.5 percent. That number continued to increase every year.

“From the beginning until now today it has increased. Initially 1.2 percent and now it’s 1.5. That means something is wrong,” added the former Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection (PPPA).

On this occasion, Linda at the same time invited the public not to be afraid to do an early examination of breast cancer  because later it will determine the type of treatment if cancer is found.

“With sadanis and mammography, even cancers measuring one to two centimeters can be identified. The earlier it is located, the greater potential to recover,” she said.

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