|Breast Cancer Awareness|
In Loving Memory to Those Who Have Lost Their Life to Breast Cancer
CommunityofLights.com (COFL.CO) joins in the effort to increase BREAST CANCER AWARENESS and sheds light on a not so well know fact: MALE BREAST CANCER
Breast cancer occurs primarily in women, but men can also develop breast cancer. Although men have less breast tissue than women, they do have breast cells that can undergo cancerous changes. Male breast cancer makes up less than 1 percent of all cases of breast cancer, and is usually detected in men between 60 and 70 years of age.
Most breast lumps in men are due to gynecomastia and not cancer. Gynecomastia, the most common male breast disorder, is an increase in the amount of a man's breast tissue. However, it is still important to see a medical professional about any of the symptoms, including a lump, to rule out male breast cancer.
The stages of male breast cancer, and the prognosis at each stage, are the same as for female breast cancer. The spread of cancer from the breast to lymph nodes and other parts of the body also appears to be similar in men and women. Important differences between male and female breast cancer can result in male breast cancer being diagnosed at a later stage, which affects prognosis and treatment. One difference is breast size. Men have little breast tissue, which does make it easier to feel small masses. For the same reason, though, cancers do not grow far before reaching the skin covering the breast or the muscles underneath. The result is that while male breast cancers tend to be smaller than female breast cancers when they are found, they have more often spread beyond the breast.
Another key difference is that breast cancer is rare among men. Most women are aware of breast cancer and have a female friend or family member affected by breast cancer. Men often do not even know it is possible for them to get breast cancer, and therefore may ignore the symptoms.
Since the types of breast cancer, staging, and patterns of how the disease spreads are similar in both men and women, treatments are also similar:
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