Can Men Get Breast Cancer ?

When said about breast cancer, most of us think it is a women disease but it isn’t exclusive to women only. While breast cancer still effect more than 100 times to women there’s are much less likely men to detect breast cancer early.


David Euhus, M.D director of breast surgery at the John Hopkins Breast Cancers notes that breast cancer survival rates are the same in women and men.  Most men are more likely to ignore a lump in their breast and tend to present at higher stages than women.


This trend is believed to be the primary factor contributing to the 25 percent higher mortality rate for male that being diagnoses with breast cancer compared to female. Once the disease has spread to the lymph nodes, it requires more aggressive treatment and can increase the likehood of developing a second cancer. It show men with breast cancer have a higher risk to develop melanoma and prostate cancer.

Euhus issue this problem because men weren’t being offered the traditional breast cancer regimen provided to women. Common treatment such a chemotherapy, hormone therapy and mastectomy.

Greater awareness among men and their health care providers is the most critical element of lowering the incidence of male breast cancer, he says. Additional risk factors for male breast cancer include obesity, older age, radiation exposure, a family history of breast cancer, overdeveloped breast tissue (or gynecomastia), exposure to estrogen and heavy alcohol use.

Type of Breast Cancer Found in Men

The following types of breast cancer are found in men:

  • Infiltrating ductal carcinoma: Cancer that has spread beyond the cells lining ducts in the breast. This is the most common type of breast cancer in men.
  • Ductal carcinoma in situ: Abnormal cells that are found in the lining of a duct; also called intraductal carcinoma.
  • Inflammatory breast cancer: A type of cancer in which the breast looks red and swollen and feels warm.
  • Paget disease of the nipple: A tumor that has grown from ducts beneath the nipple onto the surface of the nipple.


Men with breast cancer usually have lumps that can be felt.

Lumps and other signs may be caused by male breast cancer or by other conditions. Check with your doctor if you have any of the following:

  • A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area.
  • A change in the size or shape of the breast.
  • A dimple or puckering in the skin of the breast.
  • A nipple turned inward into the breast.
  • Fluid from the nipple, especially if it’s bloody.
  • Scaly, red, or swollen skin on the breast, nipple, or areola (the dark area of skin around the nipple).
  • Dimples in the breast that look like the skin of an orange, called peau d’orange.


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Reference :-HopkinsMedicine



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