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‘I never knew men could get breast cancer’

Moses Musonga did not believe men could develop breast cancer until he was diagnosed himself with the disease.

Moses Musonga says the treatment can be extremely painful. Photo: BBC

Moses Musonga says the treatment can be extremely painful. Photo: BBC

The 67-year-old Kenyan told the BBC that he was in profound shock when doctors told him in 2013 that he had stage-three breast cancer, turning his life upside down.

“I was in denial and wondered why such a disease, which is not male-oriented, had singled me out of millions of men in the world,” Mr Musonga said.

It all started with a painless lump in his right nipple that grew larger as time went by. Then came the nipple discharge and occasional chest pains.

He sought medical help when the skin on his right breast began to ulcerate. Tests on a tissue sample later confirmed that Mr Musonga had breast cancer.

Dr Sitna Mwanzi, a consultant medical oncologist at the Aga Khan University Hospital in the capital, Nairobi, said male breast cancer is not very common.

Her experience showed that for every 100 breast cancer patients, one will be male.

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