Yes, MEN can get breast cancer too!

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Male Breast Cancer   

Breast cancer is not just a “women’s disease.” Although uncommon, breast cancer can occur in men.  Approximately 1% of all breast cancers can be attributed to men, mainly those between the ages of 60 and 70. Data show that cases of breast cancer in men are becoming more prominent, with a 26 percent increase from 1975 to 2010.

Male Breast Cancer Facts

According to the American Cancer Society:

  • This year there will be approximately 2,350 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in men.
  • Approximately 440 men will die from breast cancer.
  • A man’s lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.

Risk Factors for Male Breast Include:

  • Radiation Exposure
  • Hormonal imbalances, such as high estrogen or prolactin levels
  • Family history of breast cancer in female relatives, especially if they carry the BRCA2 gene.

Diagnosing Male Breast Cancer:

  • Physical exam and history
  • Clinical breast exam (CBE)
  • Ultrasounds
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Blood tests
  • Biopsy

Breast cancer in men most often results in a lump or tumor which can be felt.  If you are a male and have found a lump, are experiencing any other breast abnormalities, or have a family history of breast cancer, it is important to report any concerns to your doctor and begin a discussion about your risk of developing breast cancer.

To learn more about breast cancer in men, watch the video below:

 
 
 

 

 For more detailed coverage on male breast cancer, you may want to read: Boyages, J. (2015). Male Breast Cancer: Taking Control. Beecroft, NSW: BC Publishing.

 

 


Reference

American Cancer Society 

National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health

Veterans Health Administration