Men can get breast cancer, but male breast cancer makes up less than one percent of all cases of breast cancer. Men at any age may develop breast cancer, but it is usually found in men between the ages of 60 and 70.
Anything that increases your risk of getting a disease is called a risk factor. Having a risk factor does not mean that you will get cancer, just as not having risk factors doesn’t mean that you will not get cancer. Risk factors for male breast cancer may include:
- Being exposed to radiation
- Having a disease related to high levels of estrogen in the body, such as cirrhosis (liver disease) or Klinefelter syndrome (a genetic disorder)
- Having several female relatives who have had breast cancer, especially relatives who have an alteration of the BRCA2 gene
Men who think they may be at risk should discuss this with their doctor and discuss options for testing and screening.
Date Updated: 20-AUG-2015