Men can have breast cancer as well
May 23, 2011
A new report from the Manila Bulletin aims to increase awareness about the prevalence of breast cancer in men. Even though men are diagnosed with breast cancer at a much lower rate than women, it does not mean that they are not susceptible to the disease as well.
Older men are more likely to have breast cancer than younger men, a fact that is also true for women as they age. Men between the ages of 60 and 70 are most likely to be diagnosed with the illness, according to the news source.
Because men have smaller breasts than women, it is easier to find abnormalities, such as unusual lumps. It is just as important for men to perform self-breast exams as it is for women, and men should definitely not ignore any signs that might point to irregularities in their breasts.
More than 200,000 women were newly diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 alone, according to BreastCancer.org. The disease affects one out of every eight women in the U.S. at some point in her lifetime, adding up to about 12 percent of the female population. It is the second most common form of cancer in America.