Four men diagnosed with breast cancer

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FOUR men in Brunei have been diagnosed with breast cancer in the past 15 years, two of whom have died.

Although breast cancer among men is rare, it’s equally important for men to know about the disease, Dr Kenneth Kok, medical director at The Brunei Cancer Centre (TBCC), told The Brunei Times yesterday during a Zumba session in the capital to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “It’s quite rare. I would say in the last 15 years in Brunei, we’ve had probably around four cases of males with breast cancer,” said Dr Kok, who is also a consultant surgeon at TBCC.

“Don’t forget that breast health is also part of a healthy lifestyle, meaning you must also be aware of your breast. So breast examination can apply to men as well as women,” he said. Meanwhile, Nurul Huda Mohammad, a breast cancer scanner at TBCC, said two of the four men diagnosed with breast cancer in the sultanate lost their battle to cancer.

According to Nurul, one man was recently diagnosed with breast cancer while three men were diagnosed in 2008. Out of the three diagnosed in 2008, only one survived. According to TBCC, as many as 793 people in Brunei were diagnosed with the deadly disease between 2002 to 2014.

Of those, 553 were Malay while 153 were Chinese, while the rest were of other ethnicities.

The Brunei Times