A woman in Kolkata received a shocking news as doctors discovered she is suffering from Testicular Cancer – a rare health condition found only in about 22,00 people – which has made her a man.
Her 28-year-old sister, who underwent necessary tests following the revelation, was also diagnosed with “Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome”, a condition in which a person is genetically male but has all physical traits of a woman.
Her two maternal aunts have also been diagnosed with Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome in the past. This has led the Oncologist to believe that the condition is most likely in the gene.
The 30-year old resident of Bengal’s Birbhum, Kolkata eastern India has been married for nine years but a lower abdominal pain took her to the hospital and the new revelation surfaced.
She had visited the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Cancer Hospital in Kolkata and Dr. Anupam Dutta and Dr. Soumen Das conducted medical tests and found her “true identity” during treatment. In the words of Dutta:
Datta said: From her appearance, she is a woman, starting from her voice, developed breasts, normal external genitalia. However, the uterus and ovaries have been absent since birth. She has also never experienced menstruation”.
Dr Dutta said they conducted clinical examinations, after she complained of abdominal pain, and found out she has testicles inside her body.
Thereafter, biopsy was conducted, following which she was diagnosed with testicular cancer, also called seminoma.
This means as her testicles remained undeveloped inside the body, there was no secretion of testosterone and her female hormones, on the other hand, gave the appearance of a woman.
She and her partner have been trying to conceive fruitlessly and she is being counselled with her husband on the rare case. They have been advised to live normally as they have been before the discovery.