Breast Cancer in Men
Breast cancer is not only a women’s illness. Even though it happens more often in women, about one out of every 1,000 men will get breast cancer in his lifetime.
Many people do not realize that men have breast tissue and can also get breast cancer. It is found less often in men because their breast cells are less developed than those of women and not exposed to as much estrogen, a hormone that promotes growth.
Some of the same factors that may affect women may also affect men:
- Are 60 to 70 years old
- Family history of breast cancer
- Radiation exposure
- Heavy alcohol intake
- Liver disease
- Estrogen treatment
- Being overweight
Maintaining an ideal body weight and restricting alcohol are two things a man can do to lower his chances for this cancer.
For more information, visit the American Cancer Society's online Detailed Guide: Breast Cancer in Men .