Can be Deadly - Men & Breast Cancer
have been a problem for ages. Nowhere is this more evident than in breast
Women are reminded by their doctors, nurses, sisters,
mothers, aunts and cousins to make monthly breast exams part of their
lives. Mammograms are recommend as part of a regular physical for women
over 40. Support groups exist for women of every age, race, religion and
Men are ignored or rebuffed, unless they are included
events have fought to keep men from participating since they are not part
of the sisterhood.
But the truth
is that men get breast cancer. They may not expect to and they may not
get diagnosed, but they become members of this club much more often than
anyone looking at the literature would believe.
Close to one percent of
all breast cancer patients are male. That means for every hundred diagnosed
cases, one will be a man. When men are diagnosed they tend to have later
stage, less treatable breast cancer. Men are dying from this disease because
the focus has been on women only.
also see in Resources -> Male Breast Cancer
been some research on breast cancer in men. Several risk factors have
been identified. Many of the risk factors for men are the same as for
women. There is an increased risk for men of Jewish or African American
heritage or who have a family history that includes genetic mutations
associated with breast cancer.
involve exposure to high temperatures and other environmental hazards
such as exposure to electromagnetic fields or ionizing radiation have
been linked to breast cancer in men.
that cause increases in estrogen levels or decreases in testosterone can
cause changes in male breast tissue resulting in cancer. Mumps after childhood
syndrome are other medical conditions that increase the risk of male
are similar to breast cancer in women. A lump near the areola may be a
sign of infiltrating ductal carcinoma. Nearly 90% of male breast cancer
belongs in this category. However, men can also contract inflammatory
breast cancer which presents as a rash or orange peel like texture of
an inverted nipple or swelling of the breast should be followed up by
the same diagnostic tests that women with these symptoms receive. A mammogram,
sonogram and biopsy if necessary should be obtained as soon as possible.
It is time
to end the silence surrounding male breast cancer. Breast cancer is a
treatable disease and the earlier it is diagnosed, the more likely it
is that treatments will be effective - no matter what gender you belong
updated May 3, 2017
on the Web:
- Male Breast Cancer
Information about Male Breast Cancer
Is Breast Cancer in Men?