According to BreastCancer.org, around 1% of all breast cancer cases occur in men. While this isn’t an overwhelming amount, you’re most likely shocking that MEN get breast cancer, too. A large majority of people are completely unaware that men are able to develop breast cancer, which makes their fatality rate much higher than women’s simply because they are not taking preventative action. While this is a rare occurrence, it is most certainly a reality. In fact, men have a 1 in 1,000 chance to develop breast cancer within their lifetime.
Breaking men's breast cancer down:
Everyone is born with breast cells and tissue. Although men do not develop milk-producing breasts, they can still develop breast cancer. Men’s breast cancer typically is discovered due to a hard lump underneath their areola, similar to how it is found in women.
Although the specifics of the disease are the same for both men and women, men with breast cancer experience a higher mortality rate than women simply because of the lack of awareness. Women are constantly being encouraged to receive yearly mammograms, check regularly for irregular lumps, and to take precautionary steps.
Unfortunately, men are usually unaware of this silent threat and do not take these precautionary steps and likely do not consider a lump to be a sign of danger. There are few clinical studies available to fully understand the male breast cancer threat. Without men being aware and cautious of this threat, they are vulnerable to leaving breast cancer untreated.
How can a man develop breast cancer?
Men can develop breast cancer for a variety of reasons: High radiation exposure, increased levels of estrogen, and/or a family history of breast cancer. Any mass, breast changes, dimpling, puckering, nipple retraction, redness, scaling, or nipple discharge is a red flag and is cause to consult your physician immediately! So, men please pay attention to any breast abnormalities that you may experience. Consult your doctor immediately to address the situation and receive a medical professional's expertise.
Let’s spread awareness!
It’s important to detach the stigma that breast cancer is a women’s disease. Breast cancer awareness month’s signature color is pink to represent femininity. While this is a predominantly female disease, men can also get affected by this pervasive cancer. So, let’s spread the word that men are susceptible to breast cancer as well. If word travels, hopefully, men will become aware of the dangers and follow the necessary precautions that women are encouraged to follow. At BICRAD, we understand the importance and hope this helps spread awareness!