Men and Breast Cancer
Male breast cancer accounts for less than 1 percent of all cases. Although men of any age can develop this disease, it most often occurs in men between the ages of 60 and 70.
Some of the factors that increase a man's risk of developing breast cancer include:
- Exposure to radiation
- Having a disease related to high levels of estrogen in the body, such as cirrhosis (liver disease) or Klinefelter syndrome (a genetic disorder)
- Having several female relatives who have had breast cancer, especially relatives who have an alteration of the BRCA2 gene.
The treatment options for breast cancer in men are the same as the treatment options for women. Unfortunately, the condition is often detected later in men than in women.
(To read the full-length eMedTV article, click Male Breast Cancer. Topics covered include staging, diagnosis, prognosis, and more.)