How Men Can and Do Get Breast Cancer
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How Men Can and Do Get Breast Cancer

Men and breast cancer Men get breast cancer too

Breast cancer is a condition that affects millions of people world wide. It can strike men and women. The majority of these people are women, but a great number are men. Most men, and a large portion of women feel that breast cancer is a concern that only affects women. This could not be further from the truth. Women do get the disease more frequently than men do, but the cases in men are rising.

Why is it people feel men do not get breast cancer? In reality, the tissue found in the male breast is no different than the tissue found in the female breast. The only difference being is that in women, estrogen in responsible for the stimulation of breast development and growth. Men also do produce estrogen, but in much smaller quantities. So why is it more prevalent in women? this is not an easy answer. The two most common issues is number 1, the higher levels of estrogen and how it acts on breast tissues, and number 2, in women the breast are much more developed leading to higher instances of injury and trauma.

Male breast cancer in often over looked, even by physicians, as many seem to feel that males can't get this cancer. Most men feel the same way. The reasons for this are many and varied. When men do notice a lump or indentation in their own breast, they do not wish to seem or sound like a pansy, so it is ignored. As stated earlier, many men feel it is only a cancer in women. Fear is often a consideration as to why lumps and discolorations are ignored or suppressed. As with women, if the symptoms are ignored, then it is easily and quickly spread throughout the body. If caught early all breast cancers are fairly easy to treat. But for obvious reasons, female breast cancer is more difficult to detect. 

In 2005, 212,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer, while during the same year almost 2,000 males were diagnosed. This huge disparity is likely associated with ignorance about breast cancer in general. Many of the symptoms of breast cancer are the same for moth men and women. Some symptoms include:

  • A lump in any portion of the breast, this may be superficial or deep
  • Pain and/or discharge from the nipple
  • Inverted nipple ( nipple inverts into the body )
  • Sores on the nipple and areola (the small ring of color around the center of the nipple)
  • Enlarged lymph nodes in the axillary ( armpit ) and occasionally the neck

Although these symptoms are common to both sexes, men are far less likely to pay attention to them. Women are encouraged to perform a breast self exam monthly as well as mammograms. Men however do not receive such advice from their physicians. It is just as important for men to perform monthly breast self exams as well as monthly testicular exams. These exams are best performed at the same time every month, such as the 1st of every month. Although mammograms are not really feasible in males, there are alternatives such as x-rays or CT ( commuted tomography ) If any lump or anything unusual is noted, men please get checked, women this goes for you as well.

It is imperative that men do not let the stigma of the possibility of breast cancer stop you from seeing your physician or other qualified health care provider. The few moments of embarrassment and discomfort may just very well save your life.

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I am aware of cancer effects and how hard can get be cure, i appreciate your article, very informative.

Excellent article. Well done