Can Men Get Breast Cancer Too?

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Can men get breast cancer too? Yes, they can. It is a pretty rare disease in men and is most common in women but, breast cancer prevails in men too, and it’s a cause that needs more awareness.

Many people do not realize that men have breast tissue and that they can develop breast cancer.  Breast cancer starts when cells in the breast begin to grow out of control. These cells usually form tumors that can often be seen during breast screening tests or felt as a lump. About 1 out of every 100 breast cancers diagnosed in Pakistan are found in a man.

The most common symptoms of breast cancer in men are:

  • Pulling in of the nipple
  • A lump or swelling in the breast
  • Fluid discharge from the nipple
  • Pain in the nipple area
  • Rough, irritation, dimpling, redness, or flaky skin in the breast

Risk factors

Family History of Breast Cancer

A man’s risk for breast cancer is higher if a close family member has had a breast cancer history.

Hormone Therapy Treatment

Men taking drugs containing estrogen may increase the risk of breast cancer. Estrogen is a hormone that helps develop and maintain female sex characteristics.

Getting Older & Gaining Weight

The risk for breast cancer increases with age (found after age 50) and weight gain.

Genetic Mutations

Inheritances or mutations of certain genes can increase breast cancer risk.

Monthly breast self-examination is as important for men as for women. If your breast feels any different than usual, you should immediately get yourself tested.

 

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