Breast Cancer in Men

15 Sep

It’s estimated that 2,350 American men learned they had breast cancer in 2015. Though male breast cancer is rare, accounting for less than 1 percent of all breast cancer cases. it can be a serious health issue, as it’s often diagnosed at a more advanced stage than it is in women.

Risk factors for men include radiation exposure, high levels of estrogen, which can be caused by liver disease or a genetic disorder called Klinefelter’s syndrome, obesity and extra breast tissue, certain testicular conditions, and a family history of breast cancer, particularly related to the BRCA2 gene mutation.

Men can develop breast cancer at any age, but it’s most frequently diagnosed between ages 60 and 70.

Source:  Special Report Supplement to Mayo Clinic Health Letter  August 2016

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