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Men tipped on regular breast cancer screening

By By Jaliat Namuwaya

Added 26th October 2020 07:16 PM

She further explained that it gets more aggressive in men than when it affects women simply because the male breast has smaller tissues.

Men tipped on regular breast cancer screening

Gertrude Nakibuuka, a breast cancer survivor and Co-founder of the Uganda Women's Cancer Support Organization, showing an artificial breast. Photos Jaliat Namuwaya

She further explained that it gets more aggressive in men than when it affects women simply because the male breast has smaller tissues.

HEALTH | BREAST CANCER 

With Uganda joining the rest of the world to commemorate the breast cancer awareness month, October, health experts have encouraged men to always endeavor to do a regular screening for breast cancer as well as self-breast examination.

According to Gertrude Nakibuuka, a breast cancer survivor and Co-founder of the Uganda Women's Cancer Support Organization, breast cancer is a disease of breast tissue and like women; men are prone to it, too.

She further explained that it gets more aggressive in men than when it affects women simply because the male breast has smaller tissues.



Dr. Noleb Mugisha, the Head of Comprehensive Community Cancer program at the Uganda Cancer Institute, said the institute has recorded up to 37 cases, where men have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Relatedly, the cancer survivors who have undergone mastectomy want a tax waiver on artificial breasts.

A single artificial breast costs over sh1m and such breasts are mostly imported because Uganda still lacks a committed factory that can manufacture artificial breasts.





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