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A rare complication resulting in a rare disease: radiation-induced male breast cancer
  1. Jamila Alazhri,
  2. Constantine Saclarides,
  3. Eli Avisar
  1. Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, Florida, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jamila Alazhri, drjazhri{at}


The increase in survival after childhood radiation therapy for some blood malignancies has led to an increase in the diagnosis of radiation-induced secondary solid malignancies (SSM). We report a young man presenting with invasive breast cancer 19 years after receiving radiation therapy and bone marrow transplant for acute lymphocytic leukaemia in childhood. This latency period is longer than previously reported. Therefore, survivors of radiation-treated primary cancer should be closely monitored for SSM, including breast cancer, for the rest of their lives.

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