Although men don’t have breasts like women do, they do have a little amount of breast tissue. The “breasts” of a grown-up man are comparable to those of a girl before puberty. For girls, this tissue grows and advances, but in men, it doesn’t. But since it is still breast tissue, men can get breast cancer. Men get the same kinds of breast cancers that women do. However, cancers including the parts that make and store milk are limited.
Which Does Men Seem to Get Breast Cancer?
It is not common for a man under age of 35 to get breast cancer. The possibility of a man getting breast cancer increases with age. Most breast cancers occur in men between ages 60 and 70. Other risk factors for male breast cancer consist of:
- Breast cancer in a close female sibling
- History of radiation exposure of the chest
- Enlargement of breasts (called gynecomastia) from drug or hormone medication, or even some infections and toxins
- Taking estrogen
- An uncommon genetic condition called Klinefelter’s diagnostic
- Difficult liver disease (called cirrhosis)
- Diseases of the testicles such as mumps orchitis, a testicular damage, or an undescended testicle
How Dangerous Is Breast Cancer in Men?
Doctors once believe that breast cancer in men was more serious than it was in women, but it’s now likely about the same.
The main problem is that breast cancer in men is usually recognized later than breast cancer in women. This may be since men are less likely to suspect something unusual in that area. Also, their little amount of breast tissue is more difficult to feel, making it harder to catch these cancers at first. It also means tumors can develop more quickly to surrounding tissues.
What Are the Signs of Breast Cancer in Men?
Symptoms of breast cancer in men are similar to those in women. Most male breast cancers are noticed when a man found a lump on his chest. But unlike women, men tend to postpone going to the doctor until they have more serious symptoms, like bleeding from the nipple. At that point, cancer may have already developed.
How Is Breast Cancer Diagnosed and Treated in Men?
The same methods that are used to diagnose breast cancer in women also work on men: physical exams, mammography, and biopsies (examining small samples of tissue under a microscope).
Moreover, the same treatments that are used in treating breast cancer in women such as surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, biological therapy, and hormone therapy — are also used to treat breast cancer in men. The only important difference is that men with breast cancer respond much better to hormone therapy than women do. About 90% of male breast cancers have hormone receptors, meaning that hormone therapy can work in most men to treat cancer.
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Review Date: February 15, 2017 | Last Modified: February 15, 2017
Breast cancer in men. http://www.webmd.com/breast-cancer/guide/breast-cancer-men Accessed: 13 January, 2017