Male breast cancer: Men can and do get it

Risk factors include age, family history and inherited gene mutations

male breast cancer

Most male breast cancer is found in men between the ages of 60 and 70.

 

While we tend to think of breast cancer as a women’s disease, men can develop breast cancer, too. The group is small—fewer than 1% of all breast cancer cases. Most male breast cancer is found in men between the ages of 60 and 70.

Today, survival is similar for both men and women when their stage at diagnosis is the same. But men are less likely than women to notice changes in their breasts or chest, or to mention these changes to their doctors. As a result, male breast cancer is more often diagnosed at a later stage, when a cure is less likely. Continue reading