Warning: Men Get Breast Cancer Too!
Just because you're a man, this doesn't mean you can't get breast cancer. About 1 percent of cases occur in men. It's important to be aware of the possible symptoms and risk factors and to see your doctor if anything seems wrong or if you have a lump that just isn't going away.
You may have heard at some point that it's possible for men to get breast cancer. But is that really true? Unfortunately, yes it's true. While breast cancer is usually thought of as a woman's disease (for good reason, as it is much more common in women), all the pink ribbons, pink t-shirts, and pink fundraisers (along with all the focus on women) hardly seems fair or sensitive to men who have breast cancer.
Breast cancer in men certainly isn't common. Only about 1 percent of breast cancer cases occur in men, and fewer than 500 men die of this disease each year in the United States. Because of this low risk, men aren't screened for breast cancer, and they aren't generally on the lookout for it. As a result, men are typically diagnosed later than women. Once men are diagnosed, knowing how best to treat the cancer isn't easy, as men aren't often included in studies of breast cancer treatments.
And yes, before we go any further, men do have breasts. They may not look anything like women's breasts, but they're still breasts.