Breast cancer in men

Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Each year in Australia about 100 men are told they have breast cancer.

  • Breast cancer can occur in men at any age but occurs most commonly in men aged 50 years and older.

  • The most common risk factors for breast cancer in men are getting older and having a family history of the disease.

  • Breast cancer in men is the same disease that affects women and can be diagnosed when the disease is at an early or advanced stage.

  • The prognosis for men with breast cancer is similar to that for women at the same age and stage of the cancer.

  • The most common surgical option for men diagnosed with breast cancer is a mastectomy.

  • The most common symptom of breast cancer in men is a painless lump close to the nipple.

  • Other possible symptoms include nipple discharge, a change in the shape or appearance of the nipple, a change in the shape or appearance of the breast, such as swelling or dimpling, swollen lymph nodes under the arm or any pain that is unusual and does not go away.

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