Trans people not immune to breast cancer, cautions Dr Shingai

Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer worldwide, explains urologist Dr Shingai Mutambirwa.

Mutambirwa advises that even individuals who change their sex, as a result of gender dysphoria, are still susceptible to breast cancer.

Transgendered (trans) refers to people whose gender identity does not conform with their assigned sex at birth.

Cisgendered (cis) refers to persons whose gender identity aligns with their assigned sex at birth.

During breast cancer awareness month, he says it's important to highlight the risks that both transgendered and cisgendered people face.

He explains that female's who transition into men are often encouraged to have a mastectomy to remove the breasts.

However, this only reduces the risk - it doesn't eliminate it.

Even in those patients, there is still going to be some breast tissue there. And there's still a risk for breast cancer.

Dr Shingai Mutambirwa, urologist and sexual health expert

According to Mutambirwa, while cis men are also vulnerable to breast cancer, it is trans men that are at a greater risk.

1% of breasts cancers actually occur in men.

Dr Shingai Mutambirwa, urologist and sexual health expert

In addition, transgender men are given high doses of estrogen hormones which can increase their vulnerability.

Transgender people often don't think they will be having the same problems. They don't consider the fact that their breast tissue can become malignant as well.

Dr Shingai Mutambirwa, urologist and sexual health expert

Aside from the medical complications of the transition process, Mutambirwa explains that social stigma can make seeking professional help prohibitive for trans people.

Listen to the full conversation from The Redi Tlhabi Show (with Africa Melane):

Read More
The role of anecdotal story-telling in public debate

The role of anecdotal story-telling in public debate

Jacques Rousseau, lecturer in critical thinking and ethics at UCT explains how to use lived experienced in public debate.

What's your boss doing about race relations? Why inclusive work culture matters

What's your boss doing about race relations? Why inclusive work culture matters

Diversity specialist Terry Oakley-Smith laments the fact that many black employees feel they must assimilate white perspectives.

Debora Patta and other foreign correspondents in Africa

Debora Patta and other foreign correspondents in Africa

Three renowned foreign correspondents working in South Africa describe the challenges they've faced while trotting the globe.

Signs your child is being bullied (and how parents, schools can help)

Signs your child is being bullied (and how parents, schools can help)

Parents must pay close attention to their kids to ensure they aren't being bullied or bullying others, a psychologist explains.

Listeners share their views on controversial 702 tweet

Listeners share their views on controversial 702 tweet

Eusebius McKaiser invited listeners to express their opinions over the controversial tweet that compared black babies with dogs.

Technobyte: A robot that can tell how you're feeling

Technobyte: A robot that can tell how you're feeling

A chatbot that monitors your mood, Elon Musk sends a warning about AI and how robots are making an impact in e-commerce.

Popular articles
So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

Wits associate professor of economics Christopher Malikane speaks to Azania Mosaka about the term that is being bandied about.

No escaping the tax man even if you work outside SA

No escaping the tax man even if you work outside SA

Government is intending to change the way foreign income is taxed by introducing taxes to a large South African diaspora.

Earn peanuts? How to best invest very small amounts...

Earn peanuts? How to best invest very small amounts...

Got a spare R200 or R300 a month? Here’s how to make that money work hard and grow…

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

"Recognise that it’s not the end, it’s the beginning." Expert advise for school-leavers who want to improve their results.

Meet the founder of Capitec Bank, named ‘Best Bank on Earth and Cheapest in SA’

Meet the founder of Capitec Bank, named ‘Best Bank on Earth and Cheapest in SA’

Michiel le Roux speaks about the fascinating story behind the little bank that has the Big 4 shaking in their boots.

5 most important years in anyone’s life (when it comes to investing)

5 most important years in anyone’s life (when it comes to investing)

How old are you? Financial advisor Warren Ingram discusses the five most important ages in anyone’s investment career.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?