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  • Male Breast Cancer

    Did you know? Men can get breast cancer, too.

    Men can develop breast cancer at any age but is generally seen in men who are between 60 and 70 years old. According the National Cancer Institute, male breast cancer accounts for 1% of all breast cancer cases.

    The following types of breast cancer are found in men:

    • Infiltrating ductal carcinoma: Cancer that has spread beyond the cells lining the ducts in the breast. (This is the most common form of male breast cancer.)
    • Ductal carcinoma in situ: Abnormal cells that are found in the lining of a duct but, have not spread beyond the lining.
    • Inflammatory breast cancer: A type of cancer in which the breast looks red and swollen and feels inflamed. Learn more.
    • Paget's disease of the nipple: A tumor that has grown from the ducts beneath the nipple.

    Are You at Risk?
    Some of the risk factors for breast cancer in men may include:

    • Having high levels of estrogen due to a genetic factor or disease
    • Exposure to radiation
    • A strong family history of breast cancer in either men or women

    Typically, men with breast cancer have lumps that can be felt. A doctor should be seen if any changes in the breasts occur. Because most men are under the impression that this is a woman's disease, breast cancer is often diagnosed at a later stage in men. Awareness and early detection are the keys to survival.

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