An uncommon but important awareness.
Yes, breast cancer overwhelmingly affects women, but men also have breast tissue and are at risk of developing breast cancer. In the United States, less than 1% of all breast cancers occur in men.
Yes, men can and do get breast cancer, although it is much less common than in women.
Male breast cancer accounts for less than 1% of all breast cancers. About 2,800 new cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2023.
Breast cancer in a male is diagnosed the exact same way it is diagnosed in a woman. A male will need a physical exam, mammogram, and possibly and ultrasound of the breast. If a suspicious mass is found, a needle biopsy will be performed to confirm the diagnosis.
The surgical treatment of breast cancer is the same for men as it is for women.
Side effects vary depending on the treatment but can include fatigue, hair loss, nausea, and more.
Men diagnosed with male breast cancer at an early stage have a good chance for a cure. Treatment typically involves surgery to remove the breast tissue. Other treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy, may be recommended based on your particular situation.
“Learn Look Locate has long recognised that these three words apply to men too. Although we make up only one percent of new cases, when you are a part of that cohort, the disease presents a very real threat to your wellbeing. Help spread the word that this disease has no gender boundaries.”
“People say that I’m a Man with a Woman’s disease. I say I am a MAN with a disease that the world needs to be educated about! Predetermined by my genetic mutation which affects men and women equally. I will continue my work to enlighten the world about BRCA mutations and Male Breast Cancer until my very last breath!”
“Breast cancer is thought of as a woman’s disease, and it is. Only 1% of all breast cancers are found in men. Because it is rare to find breast cancer in a man, those diagnosed can feel alone. I hope that Learn Look Locate can make the journey less lonely.”
– Yara Robertson, MD, FACS, Breast Surgical Oncologist – Medical Advisor