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Men’s Breast Cancer Risk Factors

Men’s breast cancer is cancer that forms in tissues of the breast in men. Most male breast cancer begins in cells lining the breast ducts. It’s very rare and usually affects older men. Following is a list of men’s breast cancer risk factors:
  • Age increases the risk of breast cancer.
  • Having the BRCA2 or BRCA1 gene mutation, or having a close relative with the mutation, raises a man’s lifetime risk from about 1 percent to about 7 percent.
  • Having a family history of breast cancer—especially if it was diagnosed at age 40 or younger.
  • Obesity.
  • Radiation exposure.
  • Increased estrogen levels, from heavy alcohol use, cirrhosis or Klinefelter syndrome

Practice early detection. Learn to do a breast self-check every month and ask your health professional to include a breast exam in your annual doc-check.

male breast cancer risk survey                                                                                                                                 The Health Site

 Resources: Mayo Clinic and Cancer.net 

Go to: Male Breast Cancer Age Guidelines Page