Although breast cancer in men is rare, in 2012, about 2,190 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among man and about 410 men will die from this disease, according to the American Cancer Society’s website.
Definition of male breast cancer as stated on the American Cancer Society’s website:
A malignant tumor that starts from cells of the breast. A malignant tumor is a group of cancer cells that may grow into surrounding tissues or spread to distant areas of the body.
Risk factors as stated on the American Cancer Society’s website:
Although the causes of breast cancer in men are not known, these are factors that may increase the risk of getting male breast cancer:
- Family history of breast cancer
- Inherited gene mutations
- Klinefelter syndrone
- Radiation exposure
- Liver disease
- Estrogen treatment
- Testicular conditions
- Certain occupations
Symptoms as stated on the Mayo Clinic’s website can include:
- A painless lump or thickening in breast tissue
- Changes to the skin covering the breast
- Changes to the nipple
- Discharge from the nipple
If any of the symptoms are experienced, see a doctor as soon as possible.
Prevention as stated on the Mayo Clinic’s website:
To reduce the risk of male breast cancer:
- Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all
- Maintain a healthy weight
For more information regarding this disease, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 and the Mayo Clinic at 480-301-8000 (Scottsdale, Ariz.), 480-515-6292 (Phoenix, Ariz.), 904-953-2000 (Jacksonville, Fla.), 507-284-2511 or 507-266-7890 (Rochester, Minn.).