What are the key statistics about breast cancer in men?
The American Cancer Society estimates for breast cancer in men in the United States for 2016 are:
- About 2,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed
- About 440 men will die from breast cancer
Breast cancer is about 100 times less common among men than among women. For men, the lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000. The number of breast cancer cases in men relative to the population has been fairly stable over the last 30 years.
Signs and symptoms of breast cancer in men
Men need to know that breast cancer is not limited to only women. Possible symptoms of breast cancer to watch for include:
- A lump or swelling, which is usually (but not always) painless
- Skin dimpling or puckering
- Nipple retraction (turning inward)
- Redness or scaling of the nipple or breast skin
- Discharge from the nipple
Sometimes a breast cancer can spread to lymph nodes under the arm or around the collar bone and cause a lump or swelling there, even before the original tumor in the breast tissue is large enough to be felt.
These changes aren’t always caused by cancer. For example, most breast lumps in men are caused by gynecomastia (a harmless enlargement of breast tissue). Still, if you notice any breast changes, you should see your health care professional as soon as possible.
Your health provider’s Social Worker or Oncology Support Services Department can help guide you through the process of applying. We encourage interested applicants to use the support resources available with their providers in order to access the Men Too program. Limited funding available- applicants taken on a rolling basis.
Please allow 2 weeks for review of applications submitted. Call 644-9622 for more information.
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