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Why do fewer men get testiculur and breast cancer than women get breast cancer?

Why do fewer men get testiculur and breast cancer than women get breast cancer?

Not totally correct: There are cancers that will obviously happen in one gender because the other does not have that particular organ (prostate, testicles, uterus, ovary, etc). Breast is more common in women probably because they have much more breast tissue and the right hormonal environment for it. Many other cancers are more common in men. Cancer is not mysoginistic. ...Read more

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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


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What causes women to get breast cancer more often than men? Is it because of cosmetics?

What causes women to get breast cancer more often than men? Is it because of cosmetics?

Not cosmetic: Women have many more active cells in their breast tissue resposible for milk production. All of these cells respond and change to the monthly hormonal changes that a woman experiences all the way from their first menstrual cycle as a teenager to menopause. Breast cancer most commonly forms in these active cells of the milk ducts or lobules. These breast tissue cells are much less prominent in men. ...Read more

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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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Cancer: Do men get breast cancer at the same rate of incidence as women during most of their lifetime?

Cancer: Do men get breast cancer at the same rate of incidence as women during most of their lifetime?

No: No the breast cancer in men is significantly less prevalence than women.
breast cancer does occur in men. In 2012 it was estimated that 2, 190 new cases in males would develop, with 410 deaths. It tends to occur at a later age in men than in women, with the male peak age being 71 years old as opposed to peaks at 51 and 71 years old in women.
Some men ignore breast lumps or think they are caused by an infection
or some other reason and they do not get medical treatment until the mass has grown
significantly. ...Read more

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If a woman has a sex change operation and becomes a man, can she still get breast cancer?

If a woman has a sex change operation and becomes a man, can she still get breast cancer?

Possibly: I would imagine risk is much lower because of the mastectomies and removal of ovaries, depending on stage of transformation. ...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 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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Is it possible for men to get breast cancer?

Is it possible for men to get breast cancer?

Yes, it is possible: Male breast cancer is rare in contrast to female breast cancer. In the United States, approximately 2140 new cases of mbc are diagnosed annually, and 450 deaths occur. The median age of onset of male breast cancer is 65 to 67, approximately 5 to 10 years older than in women. ...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 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

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Can you please tell me if it's just women who suffer from breast cancer, or can men develop the cancer as well?

Can you please tell me if it's just women who suffer from breast cancer, or can men develop the cancer as well?

Dr. Lawson is right!: But the few men who develop breast cancer have high levels of estradiol, the principle female hormone. Most of these men are obese and body fat converts testosterone to Estradiol by the enzyme cyclic aromatase. Another truth to the adage " obesity feminizes men.". ...Read more

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Can a 17-year-old men get breast cancer?

Can a 17-year-old men get breast cancer?

No: Male breast cancer occurs, but it is not common and it practically never occurs under the age of 30. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Will men get breast cancer and what color is the awareness ribbon for that?

Will men get breast cancer and what color is the awareness ribbon for that?

Yes; not sure!: Men with a mother, sister, or daughter with breast or ovarian cancer, male relatives with breast cancer, or with ashkenazi jewish heritage, have a high risk of carrying a brca mutation. Men with this mutation are at risk for breast and other cancers. Rarely, men without a brca mutation get breast cancer, usually in their later years. I think the ribbon is still pink! Sorry guys... ...Read more

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Pink is the official color for breast cancer in women, what color ribbon is it for men?

Pink is the official color for breast cancer in women, what color ribbon is it for men?

Pink w/ blue: I don't know of an official ribbon for male breast cancer. Many organizations use a ribbon with 1/2 pink and 1/2 blue. I refer you to an organization called men against breast cancer. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Occurs when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. 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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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Most breast cancers are carcinomas. This is a type of breast cancer. These cancers start in the cells that line organs and tissues. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which starts in cells that make glands (glandular tissue). Breast adenocarcinomas start in the ducts (the milk ducts) or ...Read more