Movember is a monthlong charity event seeking to raise awareness and funds to support efforts in improving men's health.
As a big part of this is the raising of awareness I bring you this surprising nugget: Men can get Breast Cancer !
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Breast cancer and men.
Each year in the UK about 370 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer, which is about 1 for every 130 women diagnosed. This comes as a shock to most men (and quite a few women) who don't realise that men can suffer with this at all.
It shouldn't be that surprising though as, along with nipples, men have the same breast tissues that women do. Although not in the same quantities and not as developed. So if we have the same tissues the same issues can arise.
Risks and causes
As with women, the single biggest risk factor for male breast cancer is getting older. Most cases are diagnosed in men between the ages of 60 and 70. Other risk factors are
High oestrogen levels
Exposure to radiation
Family history or an inherited faulty gene
All men produce some oestrogen. This is perfectly normal. But high oestrogen levels have been linked to breast cancer. High oestrogen levels can occur in Men who are very overweight (obese) – oestrogen is partly made in the fat (adipose) tissues of the body
Men who have been exposed to radiation repeatedly, over a long period of time, are more likely to develop male breast cancer. This is particularly true if they were young when the radiation exposure took place.
A family history or a recognised breast cancer gene in the family
Men who have female relatives with breast cancer have an increased risk of breast cancer, especially if the women are close relatives (mother or sisters). The risk also increases if the women were diagnosed at a young age (below 40). Men, as well as women, can inherit faulty genes that can cause breast cancer.
Around 3 in 100 breast cancers diagnosed in women (3%) are thought to be due directly to an inherited faulty gene. In men, this may be more common. We think that between 10 and 20 out of every 100 diagnosed in men (10 to 20%) are due to inherited faulty genes. In men with breast cancer the BRCA2 faulty gene is more common than BRCA1.
Klinefelter's syndrome is a rare genetic condition where a man is born with an extra female chromosome. So he is XXY instead of XY. Men with Klinefelter's are about 20 times more likely to get breast cancer than the average man. This makes their breast cancer risk the same as for the average woman.
Symptoms of breast cancer in men
The most common symptom for men with breast cancer is a lump in the breast area. This is nearly always painless. Other symptoms can include
Oozing from the nipple (a discharge) that may be blood stained
Swelling of the breast
A sore (ulcer) in the skin of the breast
A nipple that is pulled into the breast (called nipple retraction)
Lumps under the arm
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