Breast Cancer in Men

Men

Men with Breast Cancer?

Say it isn’t so.  But yes it is.  Men can and do get breast cancer.  There were about 2500 cases of breast cancer in the US last year.

male breast cancer

What kind of symptoms do men with breast cancer get?

In men, breast cancer is usually a PAINLESS lump.  Usually it is hard and does not move and is in the area just around the nipple.  The lump can be deep and does not need to be on the surface of the skin.  Since men don’t usually check their breast or chest area, breast cancer is usually advanced in men by the time of diagnosis.  Most men have advanced stage III or IV disease by the time they get diagnosed.

As a man, am I at risk for Breast Cancer?

You may be at risk for breast cancer if there are other family members with breast cancer.  If you have two or more members of your family with breast or ovarian cancer or breast cancer at a young age, it would be advisable to first test the affected family members for the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes before getting tested first.

 

 

Published by

Maulik Shah MD PhD

Dr. Maulik Shah, MD, PhD is an Internist and Medical Geneticist and the Medical Director for Genetic Medicine Clinic and an Adjunct Faculty Member at the University of Florida

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • dna-diagnostics-center
  • pathway
  • Baylor Miraca
  • Quest-Diagnostics
  • labcorp_f