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Raising Awareness: Understanding Male Breast Cancer

Yes, Men Can Get Breast Cancer Too

Although breast cancer is predominantly associated with women, men can also develop this disease. Male breast cancer accounts for about 1% of all breast cancer cases, which translates to one man for every 100 breast cancer diagnoses.

Certain factors can increase the risk of male breast cancer. Age is a significant factor, with most cases occurring in men between the ages of 60 and 70. A family history of breast cancer can elevate risk, as can genetic mutations in genes like BRCA1 and BRCA2. Prior radiation exposure to the chest area is another contributing factor. Additionally, hormonal imbalances caused by conditions such as Klinefelter syndrome, liver disease, or hormone treatments can increase risk.

Early detection is key to successful treatment. Men should be aware of symptoms such as a lump or swelling in the breast, which is often painless. Other signs include skin dimpling or puckering, nipple retraction (turning inward), redness or scaling of the nipple or breast skin, and discharge from the nipple.

Just as women are encouraged to perform regular self-exams and seek routine mammograms, men should also be vigilant about their breast health. If you notice any changes or symptoms, it’s vital to consult with a healthcare professional immediately.

At Elizabeth Wende Breast Care, we offer comprehensive services to aid in the detection and diagnosis of breast cancer in men. Our expert team provides diagnostic imaging, including mammography and ultrasound, to identify abnormalities. We also offer biopsy services. For those with a family history or genetic predispositions, we provide genetic counseling.

Additionally, we offer support and education to help you understand your risk and the steps you can take to protect your health.

At Elizabeth Wende Breast Care, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality care and support. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you or your loved ones.

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