AskPatty's Breast Cancer Awareness Tip 4: Breast Cancer Can Occur In Men, Too
More than 2,000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.
According to Cancer.gov, men may develop breast cancer at any age, but it is usually detected in men between 60 and 70 years of age. Male breast cancer makes up less than 1 percent of all cases of breast cancer.
Radiation exposure, high levels of estrogen, a family history of breast cancer, and inherited gene mutations can increase a man’s risk of breast cancer.
Survival for men with breast cancer is similar to that for women with breast cancer when their stage at diagnosis is the same. Breast cancer in men, however, is often diagnosed at a later stage. Cancer found at a later stage may be less likely to be cured.
Men with breast cancer usually have lumps that can be felt. Men should also examine their breasts, and check with your doctor if you notice a change in your breasts.