Do You Know Even Men Can Have Breast Cancer?

Do You Know Even Men Can Have Breast Cancer?

Since men’s chests also support breast tissues, breast cancer can occur in men as well. However, it is true that in men, the disease is rare although the severity and risk associated are similar to the one found in women.

Following Are The Similarities Of Men’s Breast Cancer To Breast Cancer In Women:

  1. The involvement of the lymph node and the disease’s pattern of spreading across the tissues
  2. The staging system is identical to the female breast cancer staging system. Staging is a way of describing where the cancer is located and the growth of it.

Similarly, the overall survival is also similar in both cases. However, there is an impression that prognosis (the likely course of a medical condition) in male breast cancer is poorer than female breast cancer. This is due to the fact that in men the disease is often diagnosed at a later stage.


Risk Factors for Breast Cancer in Men may include -:  

  1. Exposure to radiation
  2. Aging
  3. Estrogen treatment which is done to augment the body’s natural hormone levels
  4. Heavy liquor addiction
  5. Diseases associated with hyperestrogenism, like – Klinefelter or cirrhosis syndrome. Hyperestrogenism is a medical condition which is characterized by an excessive amount of estrogenic activities in the body.
  6. Obesity


Symptoms of Breast Cancer in men:-

Every individual with this type of disease may experience a different set of symptoms, however, there are certain common symptoms, which may include -:

  1. Lumps in breasts
  2. Nipple discharge (watery or even bloody)
  3. Nipple inversion
  4. Pulling sensation or pain in the breast
  5. Nipple or skin changes like – redness, scaling, puckering or dimpling


Treatment For Breast Cancer in Men -:

The primary treatment for breast cancer in men is a modified radical mastectomy, generally as it is with female breast cancer.

However, there are other treatments available, which may include

  1. Radiation treatment
  2. Chemotherapy
  3. Hormone therapy
  4. Adjuvant therapy

It is estimated that for every 100 breast cancer cases, one involves a male victim. Hence, it is not too rare that one should avoid or ignore the disease. Proper diagnosis is important for achieving survival results.

In case you encounter with any of the above symptoms, then consult a surgical oncologist

Written by H. Kaur

Edited by A. Kumar

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