Male Breast Cancer Stats:

  • Most often occurs between ages 60-70
  • Accounts for 1% of all breast cancers
  • 1 in 1000 lifetime risk of developing breast cancer

Male Breast Cancer

Who is at risk?

Normal aging

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

Signs and Symptoms

  • lump
  • inverted nipple
  • nipple pain
  • sore and skin changes of the breast
  • enlarged lymph nodes
  • nipple discharge

What Should you do?

Do not ignore symptoms. Go to your healthcare provider. Inform a close confidant so that you will not be in denial.

Treatment of Male Breast Cancer

Treatment is tailored for each person based on other health factors, type of cancer and stage of disease.