Did you know that men can also develop breast cancer?It is very uncommon, but it is important for men to also be breast awareKey Points
- Male breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast.
- Radiation exposure, high levels of estrogen, and a family history of breast cancer can increase a man’s risk of breast cancer.
- Male breast cancer is sometimes caused by inherited gene mutations (changes).
- Men with breast cancer usually have lumps that can be felt.
- Tests that examine the breasts are used to detect (find) and diagnose breast cancer in men.
- If cancer is found, tests are done to study the cancer cells.
- Survival for men with breast cancer is similar to survival for women with breast cancer.
Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options: (Source: National Cancer Institute http://www.cancer.gov/
)For men, signs of breast cancer and treatment are almost the same as for women. For more informationhttp://www.cancer.gov/types/breast/patient/male-breast-treatment-pdq