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Men at risk for breast cancer PDF Print E-mail

June is men’s health month

Men can and do get breast cancer, not at the rate that females get breast cancer but men are susceptible all the same.         Here are some common signs and symptoms to look for: Any change in the breast, chest area or nipple area; lump, hard knot or thickening in the breast; the skin on your chest dimples or puckers; a discharge from the nipple; any redness or scaling on the nipple.
Due to men not knowing they can get breast cancer the diagnosis of the disease can be caught at a later stage in the process. The male breast is much smaller than the female breast tissue and this makes it more likely that the cancer can spread to the chest wall.
Male risks: Getting older, chronic liver disease, heavy alcohol use, obesity, exposure to large amounts of radiation early in life, family history of breast cancer, BRCA2 gene mutation, Klinefelter’s Syndrome (a genetic condition related to high levels of estrogen in the body).
The treatment for male breast cancer is the same as for female breast cancer. This can involve a combination of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, hormone and targeted therapy. The main treatment for male breast cancer is a mastectomy due to the smaller size of the male breast.