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Breast Cancer Does Not Discriminate-Raising Awareness of Breast Cancer and Men

October 11, 2023

Breast cancer is commonly associated with women, but it is important to recognize that men can also develop this disease–cancer does not discriminate. Male breast cancer is relatively rare, accounting for less than 1% of all breast cancer cases. However, this doesn’t mean it should be ignored.

According to the American Cancer Society, one in 833 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in his lifetime. In 2023, approximately 2,800 new cases of male breast cancer will be diagnosed in the United States. Because men typically present with more advanced disease than women, early awareness is important.

Several factors can increase a man’s risk of developing breast cancer, including:

  • Age, with most cases occurring in men over the age of 60
  • Family history
  • Genetic mutations, such as BRCA2
  • Obesity
  • Exposure to estrogen-like substances

Men typically have less awareness of breast cancer than women, meaning they are less likely to assume a lump is breast cancer. This can lead to a delay in seeking treatment or even a late-stage diagnosis.

Symptoms to be aware of may include a lump in the breast (often painless), nipple changes, skin dimpling, and discharge from the nipple. It is important to contact a health care provider if any of these symptoms are present.

In Texas, an estimated 191 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2023. Click here to learn more about the risk factors, symptoms, and treatment options for male breast cancer, and why awareness among men is key.

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