Oct 03, 2012
Family history in first degree relative (mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter). Maternal and paternal family history is important.
Genetic Mutations: Genetic Mutations increase the risk of breast cancer. Males carriers of BRCA1 have a 1% chance of developing cancer and males with BRCA 2 have a 6% lifetime risk of developing cancer. The lifetime risk for carriers of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes is 80 times greater than that of the general population. CHEK2 and PTEN genetic mutations also increase the risk of cancer.
Elevated estrogen levels increases the risk of breast cancer in men. Estrogen levels may be increased with excessive alcohol consumption, liver disease, estrogen treatments, obesity, some testicular abnormalities and Klinefelter’s disease (affects 1 in 1000 men).
Prior radiation therapy
Do not ignore symptoms. Go to your healthcare provider. Inform a close confidant so that you will not be in denial.
Treatment is tailored for each person based on other health factors, type of cancer and stage of disease.