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A 50-year-old member asked:

Can men get mammograms and if not how do they know they have breast cancer?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Yes: Breast cancer in men is rare, but it happens. Men over 60 are more likely to get breast cancer. Because men have less breast tissue, they feel or see a lump. So men should feel their breasts regularly, especially older men. And yes, if there's a lump, men get a mammogram! but not screening mammograms...Only if there's a lump.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 34 years experience
Men can: get mammograms. A small percentage of breast cancers occur in men, so if a man has a breast lump, a mammogram and/or ultrasound may be indicated.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How do you check breast cancer other than mammogram?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joshua Garren
Radiation Oncology 25 years experience
See list: For diagnosis: physical examination ultrasound breast mri needle biopsy excisional biopsy for staging: pet/ct scan sentinnel lymph node biopsy lumpectomy mastectomy axillary node dissection for follow-up: usually physical examination, and mammogram or mri.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Do fat men get breast cancer?

3 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: Any man, fat or thin, can get breast cancer, although the lifetime risk is only 1:1000. High-fat diets have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, however I am unaware of any study that has shown any increase breast cancer risk in obese men as compared to other men.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What are the chances of men getting breast cancer?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
1 in a 1000: Breast cancer remains very rare in men; only 1% of cases occur in men. All else being equal, men present with more advanced disease due to the lack of awareness of breast cancer and the absence of any screening studies such as mammograms. Matched stage for stage, survival is the same for men or women.
Gilbert, AZ
A 42-year-old female asked:

Can mammograms detect breast cancers?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 57 years experience
Yes most of the time: Accuracy of mammography in varies serious positive for ca any where from 78% to 90 % but over all not 100% as in biopsy. For the diagnosis other parameters are involved like specific findindings, besides age , family history, physical findings , genetic diseases , personal habits , medications etc regular breast examination , awareness is also essential for early diagnosis and cure.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Thanks as always Dr. Rao. This pathologist cannot overemphasize the importance of self-exam even in this "high tech" mammogram era.
Dec 17, 2012
A 50-year-old member asked:

Why don't men get breast cancer?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
They do.: Men do get breast cancer, but their risk is considerably less than the risk in women. Breast cancer is a disease of hormonally-active breast tissue; therefore, with very little breast tissue, their risks are much less.
Last updated Nov 21, 2014


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