A 37-year-old member asked:
do fat men get breast cancer?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Barry Rosen answered
33 years experience General Surgery
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.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
Dr. Devon Webster answered
21 years experience Medical Oncology
Yes: Obesity is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer. Fat cells can actually make estrogen, even in men, and increased estrogen levels are associated with breast cancer. So although breast cancer is quite rare in men, obese men are more likely to develop breast cancer, just like obese women. And exercise is associated with a decreased risk of breast cancer... So get moving!
Answered on May 8, 2014
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