Men and Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer

Men have a great supportive role for the women in their lives be it a mother, sister or daughter. A lot of women have a fair idea about breast cancer and the need for screening, but fear or some other barrier prevents them from taking any further action. Fear stops them visiting a doctor and performing regular checkups such as breast screening for early detection.

Perhaps the biggest fear that women have is receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer preferring not to perform regular checkups until the cancer becomes manifest as a lump. By detecting the breast cancer early through screening, the chances of a successful cure and survival are greatly increased.

Women who have breast cancer fear the effects of treatment. In particular, she may feel that her beauty will be lost due to loss of her hair or breasts. Women may also fear that her husband will no longer accept her as his wife. Men should not underestimate the importance of their role and their ability to support their wife in performing regular breast checkups as well as through all stages of the treatment of breast cancer.

Be a supporter of breast cancer 

Promise yourself and women in your life to do the following:

  • Encourage and remind  your wife, mother or daughter( if she is over 20 years)  to perform regular breast self exam
  • Encourage her  to have annual examination by a doctor
  • Encourage her to do a mammogram if she is 40 years and above
  • Talk to your friend and convince them to do as you did
  • Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol intake
  • If your partner or family member is diagnosed with breast cancer provide all kind of support, mental, physical and financial

Facts for Men

Male breast cancer is rare. An estimated 1,990 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in men in the U.S. during 2008. In 2004, the overall incidence of breast cancer in men was 1.4 per 100,000, compared to 124 per 100,000 in women. Differences in mortality were equally wide: 0.3 per 100,000 in men; 24 per 100,000 in women.

As with women, invasive ductal carcinoma accounts for most of the breast cancers seen in men, with ductal carcinoma in situ and invasive lobular carcinoma accounting for only a small proportion of cases.

The strongest risk factor for breast cancer among men is Klinefelter's syndrome, a condition associated with condition occurs when men are born with two X chromosomes (XXY instead of XY) [Although men with Klinefelter's syndrome may have gynecomastia (enlargement of the breast tissue), gynecomastia not associated with Klinefelter's syndrome does not appear to be related to breast cancer among men .[Similar to female breast cancer, male breast cancer risk is increased in men with a mutation in the BRCA2 gene .

Chronic alcoholism, chronic liver disease and obesity may also increase the risk of male breast cancer.