A 53-year-old British businessman has become the first man in the world to have his prostate gland removed due to a faulty gene that put him at an increased risk of developing cancer.
The man,who has family members who have suffered breast or prostate cancer,discovered he was a carrier of the BRCA2 gene after he was asked to take part in a genetic trial at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) in London,The Sunday Times reported.
Doctors were at first reluctant when the London-based man,married with children,asked to have his prostate removed. Removal of the gland can have serious consequences. It can leave the man infertile and also lead to permanent incontinence and sexual dysfunction.