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Can men get breast cancer, should I get tested if many of the women in my family have gotten it?

Can men get breast cancer, should I get tested if many of the women in my family have gotten it?

Yes: Breast cancer in men is rare, but it happens. Men over 60 are more likely to get breast cancer. If you have a family history of breast and ovarian cancer or male breast cancer, you could have a brca mutation and should talk to your doctor about genetic testing. Men and women with a brca mutation have a higher chance of getting breast cancer and other cancers. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Breast cancer results when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. The growth occurs initially inside the ducts but eventually breaks outside into the breast tissue and ultimately spreads both to the lymph nodes in the armpit and via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Because of the promoting affect of estrogen almost all breast cancer occurs in women and is a rarity in men. The unregulated growth is due to both inherited and acquired genetic defects. It is the most common malignancy in women but it often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast ...Read more


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Can men without breasts get breast cancer?

Can men without breasts get breast cancer?

Yes: All men have a small amount of breast tissue, so they have a small lifetime risk of developing breast cancer (1:100, 000) ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is it that men can still get breast cancer?

Can you tell me how is it that men can still get breast cancer?

Because men: Also have breasts , 1% breast cancers are in men , due to lack of awareness , diagnosed late , results in poor prognosis. ...Read more

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Can men get "breast" (pectoral) cancer and if so how likely is it? By age? Signs and symptoms?

Can men get "breast" (pectoral) cancer and if so how likely is it? By age?  Signs and symptoms?

Yes: Male breast cancer is reported but is rare. No age is predictive. Enlarged male breast, discharge from nipples, tenderness, and feeling something amy all be subtle signs. A ultrasound of the breast the best first step. I would suggest you contact a large hospital, they tend to have breast clinic, and let them know about your issues, or would contact your MD and seek their input. ...Read more

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Do fat men get breast cancer?

Do fat men get breast cancer?

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! ...Read more

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Why don't men get breast cancer?

Why don't men get breast cancer?

They do: Male breast cancer exists, but is only 1% of breast ca. Females develop breast tissue in response to hormones at levels that men don't achieve. If men take certain hormone medications, their breast tissue can grow. Breast cancer cells can be estrogen sensitive, so genetic males taking estrogen or with liver dz may be at increased risk. Brca gene can also increase risk, as in females. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how do men get breast cancer and where on that area does the cancer form?

Uncommon but occurs: Male breast cancer is most common in older men, though male breast cancer can occur at any age. Although the incidence is 1/100 less frequent than women, the presentation is the same, usually a small mass under the nipple. Risk factors for male breast cancer include exposure to radiation, a family history of breast cancer, and having high estrogen levels. Treatment entails removal of the breast. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Men (Definition)

Men are adult members of the male sex. The acropnym men also stands for multiple endocrine neoplasia, a hereditary condition that involves benign and malignant tumors of various glands. There are two main types, men ...Read more