About 2,600 cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed with men each year.
Unfortunately, most men are not aware that they too can get breast cancer or are aware of its symptoms. And those who experience any of its symptoms may delay seeing their physician out of embarrassment or because they don’t think their symptoms are serious.
Luckily, more men who have been diagnosed with breast cancer are sharing their experiences as male breast cancer survivors and are doing their part to help get the word out on this disease. Even the actor Richard Roundtree a male breast cancer survivor, who starred in the film “Shaft”, is now an awareness advocate for male breast cancer, promoting a better understanding of this disease.
While breast cancer awareness is generally aimed at increasing education to women to be mindful of this disease, it’s also important to better educate men on how breast cancer can effect them.
We’ve added a new page to our website to help provide more information on male breast cancer, highlighting its symptoms, possible risk factors and types of cancer treatments. Family history of breast cancer or carrying certain gene mutations may put certain men at a higher risk than others.
As with breast cancer for women, the successful treatment for male breast cancer improves the early it is detected. For this reason, men should be aware of the suspicious signs that could signal breast cancer and make sure not to delay seeing their physicians should they notice any of these symptoms.