Male Breast Cancer

By: Melanie Bloom Email
By: Melanie Bloom Email

Breast cancer can impact men and women. Even thought it is rare, the disease can happen to men.

2,000 men across the U.S. were diagnosed last year, compared to 226,000 women.

Breast cancer among men is 100 times less common than with women.

Although some risk factors, like a change in hormone levels, may increase a man's chances of developing breast cancer, the American Cancer Society says the cause most of the time is unknown.

Doctors say that because men have so little breast tissue, any lumps are usually easy to feel. Survival rates among men can be low because the disease isn't caught early.

"They'll sit on it for a while it and they'll think they bumped their chest and it slowly begins to grow they'll come in. and so they prognosis isn't as good. so delaying diagnosis will lead to decreased prognosis," said Dr. Doug Winjum of Bryan Health.

When the disease is found in men, it can mean that it could have already spread.

Men should watch for signs of swelling, redness or discharge from the nipple.

According to doctors, if the disease is found early, the outlook between the two sexes is the same.

Doctors say the same goes for men and women when it comes to prevention: weight and alcohol consumption play a major role. They encourage everyone to maintain a healthy weight and limit how much we drink.

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