Breast cancer is so common in women but extremely rare in men. Last month, doctors made a shocking diagnosis of breast cancer in a US man, Randy Klauk. This adds him to 2,500 men suffering from breast cancer in the United States this year.
Randy shares that he has no family history of cancer and yet he has been diagnosed with it. It makes absolutely no reason why did it happen to them. Contrary to the popular belief, it is possible for men to suffer from breast cancer too. However, the diagnosis of breast cancer in men is only 1% of all breast cancer cases.
Statistics show a high increase in the prevalence of breast cancer in men. Most of the cases were from urban areas of the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The year 2019 expects 2670 positive male cases of the estimated 268,600 female cases of breast cancer.
Read the complete report on Cancer Statistics-2019 published in CA- A Cancer Journal For Clinicians earlier this year.
It difficult to diagnose breast cancer in men
The male patients of breast cancer are usually older. Also, most of the times it shows up at advanced stages. Men are less likely to notice changes in their bodies like women, says Dr. Len Lichtenfeld from the American Cancer Society. He advises all men who see a lump, discharge, pain or bleeding in their nipple to seek medical help as soon as possible.
There are no 100% effective medicines available right now but good treatment options are also currently under-researched. Many new studies on drugs are now including male participants along with female participants.
Recently the news of Beyonce’s father, Matthew Knowles going through mastectomy was also viral. Such news are necessary to encourage men to speak and support other men suffering from chronic diseases like breast cancer.
Signs and symptoms of breast cancer in men
Breast cancer in men appears as a hard lump usually under or around the nipple. Unlike women, breast cancer in men is more deadly. That is why breast cancer awareness is not only for women but also for men. An extreme delay in diagnosis can increase the chances of death.
A male patient of breast cancer should also see a genetics counselor. If he carries the gene for breast cancer that is usually either BRCA1 or BRCA2, he may also transmit it to his children.
All people, men or women are born with the same breast tissues. These tissues, later on, grow differently during developmental stags. Men do not have milk-producing breasts yet it is possible to develop cancer. The signs and symptoms of breast cancer in men are the same as in women. Early detection of breast cancer increases the available treatment plans and also reduces the risk of death.