Male Breast Cancer Information
Male breast cancer is the development of cancerous cells within the breast duct cells of a man’s body. Many people are not aware that it is possible for men to develop breast cancer, particularly because it most commonly occurs in women, but men do have breast tissue in which cancer can form. It is possible to detect the condition early in men – in fact, because men have less breast tissue, it is usually easier to detect early than in women. However, because many men do not think they can get breast cancer, they often ignore breast lumps and do not seek medical treatment soon enough.
There are a number of risk factors that have been shown to increase the likelihood of a male developing breast cancer, including:
- Family history of breast cancer
- Older age
- Inherited gene mutations
- Radiation exposure
- Alcohol abuse
- Liver disease
- Klinefelter syndrome
- Estrogen treatment
- Testicular conditions
Male patients showing signs of breast cancer should not feel embarrassed to make an appointment with a medical professional. The sooner cancer is found, the easier it is to fully treat.
At TGH our cancer specialists are dedicated to providing individualized treatment plans for men and women with all kinds of cancer. Our expertise, our compassion, and our multispecialty approach to diagnosis and treatment with state-of-the-art techniques make TGH a leading destination for cancer treatment. For a physician referral or to make an appointment, please call (813) 844-2200.