Can Men Have Breast Cancer?

Q:

I feel something strange in my breast. Can men have breast cancer?

A:  

Breast cancer in men is rare, because they don’t have breasts like women. They still have breast tissue which can lead to breast cancer, even if the amount of it is small. The types and severity of breast cancer in men are the same as those in women.

Approximately, the proportion of all breast cancer occur in men is less than 1%. In 2018, it is expected that around 2,550 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer. The proportion of developing breast cancer for men is about 1 in 1,000.

However, it is more difficult for men to be diagnosed and much later than women. They are less likely to be suspicious of this disease and feel the pain because of the small amount of breast tissue, which may lead to faster spread of the cancer cells.

Generally, men under 35 almost rarely have breast cancer. Like women, the risk of developing breast cancer increases with age. Most cases in men occur in their 60s.

 

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