Posted by: Patricia Hysong | October 4, 2013

Breast Cancer Awareness Includes Men

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Although relatively rare, breast cancer in men accounts for about one percent of all new breast cancer cases diagnosed each year. That equates to more than 2200 men expected to be diagnosed this year.

Not thought of as a health issue in men, they may not think of it as a possibility and may not notice or report changes in the chest area to their physician. There may also be an embarrassment factor and some men choose to not mention symptoms to anyone.  Because of this, the diagnosis may be delayed and therefor harder to treat and more likely to spread to the chest wall.

Symptoms include:

  • Lump, hard knot or thickening in the breast (typically not painful, but may be tender)
  • Dimpling, puckering or redness of the skin of the breast
  • Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
  • Inverted nipple or other parts of the breast
  • Discharge from the nipple

Risk factors:

  • Klinefelter’s Syndrome (genetic disorder in which there are high estrogen levels in the body)
  • Mutation of the BRCA2 gene
  • Family history of breast cancer
  • Getting older
  • Chronic liver disorders
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Obesity
  • Exposure to high levels of radiation early in life

Early detection of breast cancer is key no matter the gender of the patient. Any changes or lumps in the chest area should be discussed with a healthcare professional immediately.

This information is adapted from Facts for Life: Breast Cancer in Men.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

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