One Transgender Man’s Story of Getting Breast Cancer
Breast cancer in men is rare, although it is not unheard of. According to the American Cancer Society, out of 255,000 individuals in the United States estimated to be diagnosed with breast cancer, approximately 2,500 will be men. Still, the risk of breast cancer in transgender individuals has yet to be determined. To date, no studies have been conducted to assess breast cancer risk in trans individuals; however, this does not indicate that they are not at risk. Currently, a few studies are underway, requiring years’ worth of work to uncover valuable information. One focus of these studies will be on the association between hormonal transition and the risk of breast cancer. Most recently, The National Institutes of Health has initiated a 5-year study to monitor the health of adolescent transgender individuals and the hormonal effects on cancer risk.
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