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Breast cancer risk factors to men

Women are 100% more likely to develop breast cancer, but men can still be at risk of developing breast cancer in their ductal system.

Posted: Oct 25, 2021 12:39 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Breast cancer is rarely found in men, but certain factors can put men at a higher risk of developing breast cancer in their ductal system.

Kate Newgard is the Oncology Nurse Navigator at Providence Medford Medical Center. She has been in the profession since 2006 and says since then, she has only had 6 male breast cancer patients.

"It's treated a lot like breast cancer in women and I think with men it's sometimes can be discovered later because they often don't know that they can have breast cancer."

Newgard tells Newswatch 12, if an abnormal lump is found, men would be sent in for a mammogram, ultra sound, and biopsy if needed, much like women.

Though men do not need to go through a reconstructive surgery, Newgard tells Newswatch 12 mastectomies are often preformed. If there is enough breast tissue, a man with breast cancer may be a good candidate for a lumpectomy followed by radiation.

"I think, in men, it can sometimes be discovered later because they don't often think that they can have breast cancer."

She says during her career, the men she has treated find the cancer in the earlier stages.

"The most common age for breast cancer is 60 to 70."

Newgard says most cases of breast cancer can be tied to a high levels of estrorgen.

She said liver disease, obseity, alcohol consumption, and environmental exposure can all be tied to increasing estrogen levels.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports About 1 out of every 100 breast cancers diagnosed in the United States is found in a man.

The most common kinds of breast cancer in men are the same kinds in women:

The CDC also reports that symptoms could include a lump or swelling in the breast, redness or flaky skin in the breast, irritation or dimpling of breast skin, nipple discharge, and pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area.

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