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
A sneak peek into Steven Sidley's next novel, Free Association

A sneak peek into Steven Sidley's next novel, Free Association

Author Steven Sidley gives us a scintillating taste of his forthcoming novel titled 'Free Association'.

Mthembu: ANC's communications in a poor state

Mthembu: ANC's communications in a poor state

ANC's Jackson Mthembu spoke about the 'decay' in the party's communication capacity and the impact of social media technology.

The Chief Justice burglary investigation and why it does not add up

The Chief Justice burglary investigation and why it does not add up

Pieter-Louis Myburgh and Karima Brown expose gaping holes in the story that is setting off investigative journalism alarm bells.

Young founders of THINK Creative Hub disrupting the ad space

Young founders of THINK Creative Hub disrupting the ad space

THINK Creative Hub co-founders Mukondi Ralushayi and Nkgabiseng Motau are giving their own spin to the local advertising industry.

Who we are and how we see ourselves slants what we say

Who we are and how we see ourselves slants what we say

UCT lecturer Jacques Rousseau engages Eusebius on objectivity and bias in public discourse.

#OpenLine: Should people be offended when others don't learn their languages?

#OpenLine: Should people be offended when others don't learn their languages?

"My lived reality is that every day I have to step out of my reality to accommodate others," says listener Themba,

Popular articles
Spur CEO: Man's pic will be up at restaurants and he is not welcome

Spur CEO: Man's pic will be up at restaurants and he is not welcome

Spur CEO says staff aren't equipped for this kind of customer confrontation and he will consider reviewing their training manual.

He was a loving family man - Joe Mafela’s niece

He was a loving family man - Joe Mafela’s niece

Legendary actor, Joe Mafela popularly known as Sdumo passed away on Saturday following a car accident.

Joe 'Sdumo' Mafela remembered as humble people's person

Joe 'Sdumo' Mafela remembered as humble people's person

The South African comedy star died in a car accident aged 75 on Saturday.

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.

Right now, these are the best shares to buy on the JSE (according to Adviceworx)

Right now, these are the best shares to buy on the JSE (according to Adviceworx)

Bruce Whitfield interviews a Portfolio Manager about what she believes are the hottest stocks right now.

5 advantages of leasing instead of owning a car (lower monthly payments!)

5 advantages of leasing instead of owning a car (lower monthly payments!)

Want (or need) a new car? Dale Scorer (a wealth manager at AlphaWealth) reckons you should consider leasing.

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?