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Male Breast Cancer

Nov 15, 2011

Male breast cancer is very uncommon—100 times less common that female breast cancer—affecting only around 2140 men per year*. Only 1 in 1000 men is likely to develop breast cancer in their lifetime, typically between ages of 60 and 70. But men do develop breast cancer, and it’s important to talk to your doctor if you’re at risk or develop symptoms. 

Types of male breast cancer

Ductal carcinoma is the most common type, originating from breast tissue ducts.

Lobular carcinoma originates from breast tissue lobules.

Paget's disease of the nipple, which is ductal carcinoma that has spread to the nipple.

Risk factors

As mentioned above, age is a factor. But there are other risk factors for male breast cancer, such as:

Excessive use of alcohol, which can cause elevated estrogen levels in the blood circulation (estrogen is metabolized in the liver and an impaired liver cannot metabolize estrogen properly). For the same reasons, cirrhosis of the liver is a risk factor.

Family history of breast cancer. A gene mutation called BRCA2 was identified as a cause of hereditary breast cancer syndrome. Men with this mutation have increased risk of breast and prostate cancer.

Klinefelter’s Syndrome. This uncommon, hereditary syndrome—in which the male child is born with more than one X chromosome—can cause testicles to develop abnormally and, therefore, produce excess estrogen.

Obesity, which causes fat cells to produce estrogen.

Repeated radiation exposure to the chest.

Symptoms of male breast cancer

Symptoms include lumps or thickening of the breast tissue, nipple retraction, nipple discharge, or changes on the skin such as swelling, skin redness, or scales. If you notice any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor right away.

Screening and treatment

If your doctor suspects you may have breast cancer, you may be scheduled for one or more of the following tests:

  • mammogram
  • breast ultrasound
  • biopsy of lumps or abnormal skin

Treatment may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and/or hormonal therapy.

For more information about male breast cancer, contact your doctor or oncologist.

Additional References and Links:

American Cancer Society estimate for male patients diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011

Destination health: Stopping cancer before it starts

Focus on cancer prevention, screening, treatment, and research

2019 "Eat Well, Heal Well Live Well" Resources and Educational Session Links

Resources and educational links for our 2019 Seeds of Hope.

2018 Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Resources and Educational Session Links

Resources and educational links for our 2018 Seeds of Hope.

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