Male Breast Cancer Awareness

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Very recently, discussion about male breast cancer has become more common. Breast cancer occurs most commonly in men ages 60 to 70 years old. According to cancercenter.com, about 1 percent of breast cancers occur in men, which means about 2,000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.

When malignant cells form in the tissues of the breast, breast cancer happens. As with women, cancer may begin in the ducts and advance to surrounding cells. Because male breast have minimal lobules, lobular carcinoma is rare in men. In very rare instances, men develop inflammatory breast cancer or Paget’s disease of the breast, if a tumor that initially occurred in a duct beneath the nipple moves to the surface.

Treatment for men experiencing breast cancer typically consists of mastectomy, followed by radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy and/or targeted therapy. Many male breast cancers are hormone receptor-positive, because of this, the drug tamoxifen (Nolvadex®) is often a common treatment for male breast cancer.

The Mayo Clinic offers this guide to male breast cancer symptoms:

  • A painless lump or thickening in your breast
  • Changes to the skin covering your breast, such as dimpling, puckering, redness or scaling.
  • Changes to your nipple, such as redness or scaling, or a nipple that begins to turn inward.
  • Discharge from your nipple.