Living with Breast Cancer in Men

Breast cancer is cancer that originates in breast tissue; men also have breast tissue and can therefore develop breast cancer. Breast cancer is 100 times less common in men than in women. The chance of a man developing breast cancer is 1 in 1,000. Types of breast cancer in men include ductal carcinoma in situ, infiltrating ductal carcinoma, infiltrating lobular carcinoma, Paget disease of the nipple, and inflammatory breast cancer. Risk factors of breast cancer in men include family history of breast cancer, inherited gene mutations, one or more extra X chromosomes (Klinefelter syndrome), radiation exposure, heavy drinking, liver disease, estrogen treatment, obesity, testicular conditions, and certain occupations where men are exposed to high temperatures and gasoline fumes. Most men are diagnosed with breast cancer at about 68 years or older. The only way men can help prevent breast cancer is to maintain a healthy body weight and limit alcohol consumption. Early detection of breast cancer in men is usually found with men whohave a family history of breast cancer that undergo genetic counseling and testing to see if they have a BRCA mutation. There are many signs of breast cancer in men. Ultrasounds for men are more common than mammograms. Stages for breast cancer in men range from 0 to IV. Treatments for breast cancer in men include surgery,radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and targeted therapy. Survival rates of breast cancer in men are high if the cancer is found early; there is a 5-year survival rate of 96% if the breast cancer is found in stage 0 or stage I. There is a 5-year survival rate of over 50% if the cancer is found in or before stage III. For more information on breast cancer in men, read the American Cancer Society’s detailed guide. If you have been affected by breast cancer as a man, please be sure to take some time to read others' experiences, share your own experiences, and ask or answer questions.

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