Breast cancer primarily affects women, with 232,340 new female cases reported in 2013. Men, on the other hand, are still at risk, with over 2,000 cases reported this year, according to the National Cancer Institute.
The average age is between 60 and 70 years old, but men of all ages can be affected. The prognosis has been noted to be worse in men than in women, but only because it is usually not detected in men until it has progressed to stage two.
High O estrogen levels can increase the risk for men, and this is most common in men who are extremely overweight, have chronic liver conditions, and may have a genetic predisposition to cancer. Men who have been exposed to high levels of radiation are also at high risk.
According to the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, men who carry the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are more likely to develop breast cancer. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, a female child born to a father who carries the defective gene has a 40% to 80% chance of developing breast cancer.
Oozing from the nipple, swelling, a sore, a nipple pulled into the breast, and lumps under the arm are some of the most common symptoms. A physical exam by your doctor is the first step, just like it is for women. They will then determine whether a mammogram or a breast ultrasound is required. Because men and women do not have the same tissue density, mammography is often more accurate in men.
Men and women receive the same treatment, according to the American Cancer Society, which includes surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and targeted therapy.
Today, as with most illnesses, the earlier breast cancer is detected, the better the chances of survival. Men can develop the same types of breast cancer as women, so it is critical to be aware of the disease and not dismiss sores or irregularities.
It is also critical to take preventative measures to combat health problems, particularly if there is a family history of illness. Because high-risk individuals frequently pay higher health care and life insurance premiums, being health-conscious lowers these high costs.