Breast cancer in men is rare — less than 1 percent of all breast cancers occur in men. Consider the latest estimated statistics from the American Cancer Society:
Risk Factors may include:
The most common symptoms of breast cancer in men may include:
The symptoms of breast cancer may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.
Lymph node involvement and the way the cancer may spread are similar in female and male breast cancer. The staging system for breast cancer is the same in men and women.
As with breast cancer in women, the size of the tumor and the presence or absence of lymph node involvement are significant factors for prognosis.
Overall survival is similar to that of women with breast cancer. The impression that male breast cancer has a worse prognosis may stem from the tendency toward diagnosis at a later stage.
Specific treatment for male breast cancer will be determined by your physician based on:
The primary standard treatment is a modified radical mastectomy, just as it is with female breast cancer.
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