- Why are some men at risk for breast cancer?
- December 23, 2013
Breast cancer predominantly affects females with 232,340 new female cases in 2013. However, men continue to be at risk with over 2,000 cases this year according to the National Cancer Institute.
The mean is between 60 and 70 years though all ages of men can be affected. The prognosis has been noted worse than women but only because it is usually not detected in men until it has reached a stage two status.
High O estrogen levels can increase the risk for men and that usually occurs in men who are very overweight, have experienced chronic liver conditions and may have some genetic disposition to the cancer. Men that have been exposed to a high level of radiation also are at significant risk.
According to the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, men who carry the gene BRCA1 and BRCA2 also have a higher propensity towards breast cancer. The National Breast Cancer foundation states that the female child born of a father carrying the defective gene has a 40% to 80% chance of developing breast cancer.
Some of the most common symptoms include oozing from the nipple, swelling, a sore, nipple that is pulled into the breast and lumps under the arm. Just the same as women, a physical exam by your doctor is the first step. Then they will determine if a mammogram or a breast ultrasound is needed. Mammography is often more accurate in men than women since do not have the same density of tissue.
The American Cancer Society defines the same treatment for men as women, which includes surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy and targeted therapy.
Today, like most illnesses, the odds of overcoming breast cancer increase the earlier it’s detected. Men do get the same types of breast cancers as women, so it is important to be aware of the disease and not take sores or irregularities lightly.
It is also important to take preventative measures to combat health issues, especially if one has a family history of illness. Because high-risk individuals often pay higher health care and life insurance premiums, being vigilant about one’s health lowers these high costs.
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