Is it possible for men to get breast cancer?

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Asked Jan 20, 2013

Answered Jan 20, 2013
Yes man can have breast cancer. If you wonder how can this be possible then read this post.
Answered May 14, 2015
In contrast to women breast cancer, men breast cancer is rare and you can’t neglect its possibility. Many people do not know that men have breast tissue which might develop breast cancer. When you go to a doctor, they might conduct several diagnostic tests through devices present at some of most common are as follows:

1. Clinical breast exam: Examining breasts and surrounding areas with finger tips.

2. Imaging tests: Mammogram and ultrasound which helps in detecting suspicious masses in your breast tissue.

3. Biopsy: Analysis tissue by removing them through fine needle in the laboratory.

All such test results will reveal whether you have breast cancer or not. Depending on the severity of symptoms your doctor will give effective treatment.
Answered May 14, 2015
Male breast cancer is a relatively rare cancer in men that originates from the breast tissue. Most cases of male breast cancer develop in men who are 65 years of age, or over, although cases have been recorded in men aged who are between 20-90 years of age.

Normally, men will experience smaller tumor size and absence or paucity of local lymph node involvement. Hormonal treatment may be associated with hot flashes and impotence. The most common symptom of male breast cancer is the appearance of a lump in the breast. In most cases, the lump will be painless. Less common symptoms of male breast cancer usually affect the nipple. Such symptoms include nipple retraction, ulceration and discharge, where fluid begins to leak from the nipple. If the cancer spreads additional symptoms may include breast pain, bone pain, and swelling of the lymph nodes (glands) near the breast, usually in or around, the armpit.

Risk Factors
- About 85% of breast cancers in men have estrogen receptors on their cell membranes. Estrogen receptors on the cell membranes allow estrogen molecules to bind to the cancer cells. Estrogen binding to the cancer cells stimulates cell growth and multiplication.
- Klinefelter's syndrome is a major risk factor for male breast cancer because men with the condition are 20 times more likely to develop male breast cancer than the male population at large. Klinefelter's syndrome is where baby boys are born with much higher levels of estrogen than normal.
- A number of mutated genes have been linked to an increase risk of male breast cancer. For example, a mutation known as the BRAC2 mutation has been found in an estimated 5% of men with male breast cancer.
- There is also evidence that male breast cancer can run in families, as 1 in 5 men who develop breast cancer, have a first-degree male relative, such as a father, or brother, who also has a history of breast cancer.

Typically self-examination leads to the detection of a lump in the breast which requires further investigation (Biopsy, ultrasound and mammography). Early detection can help prevent the spread of cancer. If there is a history of male breast cancer in the family, a person should check regularly for lumps and report any changes to a doctor as soon as possible.

Mastectomy can be performed to treat breast cancer in males. In this procedure, a surgery is performed to remove the entire breast tissues in order to treat breast cancer. To know more about mastectomy, click here:
Answered Jul 11, 2016
Yes, it is possible for men to get breast cancer. Even though male breast cancer is very rare.
Breast cancer in men is usually detected as a hard lump underneath the nipple and areola.
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Answered Apr 01, 2020

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