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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can men develop breast cancer?

4 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 18 years experience
Yes: Though not as common as women, men can also develop breast cancer. Of all breast cancers diagnosed in the United States each year, 1% are diagnosed in men.
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: Breast cancer is much more rare in men than women, with a lifetime risk of app. 1:100, 000. Risk factors in men include a strong family history, gynecomastia, or high estrogen levels as sometimes seen in men with liver disease.
Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery 24 years experience
Yes: Male breast cancer accounts for 1% of all breast cancers. The same treatments used for women are used for men.
Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery 24 years experience
Yes: Male breast cancer accounts for 1% of all breast cancers in the usa.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

How common is breast cancer in men?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Rare: It is quite uncommon, and almost never occurs below the age of 65.
Dr. Carl Decker
Dr. Carl Decker commented
Radiology 25 years experience
The rate is 1% of all breast cancer.
Jul 18, 2012
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A 47-year-old female asked:

Can breast cancer develop in a year?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Yes: Breast cancer can develop slowly or quickly, depending on the type. You can have a normal mammogram one year, and breast cancer the next year.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How does breast cancer develop?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
One mutant cell: One normal cell inside your breast mutates (becomes abnormal), and begins to grow. The normal "stop" signal that tell a cell to stop dividing doesn't work, so the cells keep dividing. One cell becomes two, two become four, four become eight, etc. It takes millions of cancer cells to form a tumor you can feel.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How would breast cancer in men be discovered?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Same as women: Physical examination with a doctor. Feeling a firm hard painless breast lump. Mammogram and breast ultrasound sometimes used. It is a rare condition in men.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How does breast cancer develop exactly?

3 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kathryn Wagner
General Surgery 32 years experience
Breast cancer: This question gets into the dna level of tumor formation. Basically, any tumor starts with a cell that somehow loses its aability to stop dividing thereby making copies of itself. So a tumor cell just keeps dividing thereby increasing its numbers exponentially over time. Cont'd....

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