Learning About Breast Cancer in Men

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but most health care awareness and talk about the subject focuses on women. Many don't realize that breast cancer also can occur in men.

Although breast cancer in men is uncommon, it is important to know the risk factors, as well as the signs and symptoms, of the disease. Health care awareness of the topic is important. Advances in breast cancer treatment mean many men today can expect to beat the disease when detected early.

About one in 1,000 men will develop invasive breast cancer during his lifetime. And, about 2,470 new cases of invasive breast cancer in men are diagnosed each year. Risk factors include age, family history, obesity, heavy drinking, and high estrogen levels. Treatment options are much like other cancers - surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, and hormone therapy.

Although the above risk factors might increase a man's chances of developing breast cancer, the cause is still unknown. By maintaining ideal body weight and restricting alcohol consumption, men might be able to lower their risk. In general, men are diagnosed with breast cancers at more advanced stages than women. Early detection and prompt treatment is the key to improving the chance of recovery.

The infographic below lends more health care awareness to this often-overlooked disease. We want all of our Concorde students - men and women - to be fully aware of this important health care awareness topic. Read on... and, be safe.

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