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About Breast Cancer in Men

About Breast Cancer in Men

Statistics regarding men and breast cancer

Breast cancer in men is rare—less than one percent of all breast carcinomas occur in men. Consider the latest statistics available from the American Cancer Society:

What are risk factors for breast cancer in men?

Risk factors may include:

Also, there are definite familial tendencies for developing breast cancer:

What is the most common type of breast cancer in men?

Infiltrating ductal cancer is the most common tumor type, but intraductal cancer, inflammatory carcinoma, and Paget disease of the nipple have been described as well.

Lobular carcinoma in situ is rare in men.

What are the symptoms of breast cancer in men?

The following are the most common symptoms of breast cancer in men. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

The symptoms of breast cancer may look a lot like other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your doctor for a diagnosis.

What are the similarities to breast cancer in women?

Lymph node involvement and the pattern of spread are similar to those found in female breast cancer. The staging system for male breast cancer is identical to the staging system for female breast cancer.

Prognostic factors that have been evaluated include the size of the lesion and the presence or absence of lymph node involvement, both of which correlate well with prognosis.

Overall survival is similar to that of women with breast cancer. The impression that male breast cancer has a poorer prognosis may be due to the fact that it's often diagnosed at a later stage.

Treatment for men with breast cancer

Specific treatment for male breast cancer will be determined by your doctor based on:

The primary standard treatment is a modified radical mastectomy, just as it is with female breast cancer.

Other treatment may include:

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