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SA has highest male breast cancer rate

The Breast Health Foundation has urged South African men to get tested for breast cancer.

The Proteas support the Pink Drive on 17 March 2013. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - South Africa has the highest male breast cancer rate in the world, the Breast Health Foundation revealed on Monday.

October is World Breast Cancer Awareness month.

In South Africa, two out of every 100 people diagnosed with the disease are men.

The foundation's Louise Turner says in many cases, men do not seek help due to the stigma attached to breast cancer.

Turner says awareness and education is crucial as breast cancer does not discriminate against gender, age or race.

"Many men with breast problems do not go to doctors because they believe breast cancer is not a men's disease. Many of them will never publicly acknowledge that they have a disease like breast cancer."