General Information about Male Breast Cancer

KEY POINTS

  • Male breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast.
  • Radiation exposure, high levels of estrogen, and a family history of breast cancer can increase a man’s risk of breast cancer.
  • Male breast cancer is sometimes caused by inherited gene mutations (changes).
  • Men with breast cancer usually have lumps that can be felt.
  • Tests that examine the breasts are used to detect (find) and diagnose breast cancer in men.
  • If cancer is found, tests are done to study the cancer cells.
  • Survival for men with breast cancer is similar to survival for women with breast cancer.
  • Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options.

Male breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast.

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