Can Men Get Breast Cancer?

While one out of every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, one out of every one thousand men will also get breast cancer.

And in men, the breast cancer is too often not caught until it's at a later stage, and more difficult to treat.

So it's important to know -- and minimize -- your personal risk factors.

Risk factors for men may include:
  • Age
  • Radiation exposure
  • Estrogen treatment
  • Diseases associated with hyperestrogenism, such as cirrhosis or Klinefelter syndrome
  • Heavy alcohol intake
  • Obesity

Plus there are definite familial tendencies for developing breast cancer:

  • An increased incidence is seen in men who have a number of female relatives with breast cancer
  • An increased risk of male breast cancer has been reported in families in which a BRCA2 (Breast Cancer 2) gene mutation has been identified

While male breast cancer symptoms are similar to female breast cancer symptoms, in men these symptoms can often be mistaken for other medical conditions or problems. 

Learn more about male breast cancer, including treatments at Gwinnett Medical Center’s Health (e) Library.


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