Men often tend to overlook a lump on their chest, but it can be as serious as breast cancer. The University of Texas MD Anderson cancer center has recently come out with a report that men with such conditions can be the victim of breast cancer, which is critical to detect in the early stage. Men having breast cancer also have a higher mortality rate than women. Breast cancer in men often is diagnosed at an advanced stage due to lack of awareness and ignorance at the first stage, said Dr. Sharon Giordano from MD Anderson Cancer Centre. Genetic factors such as family history BRCA Mutation and exposure to radiation therapy are the most common reasons for men to develop this condition. Men with first-degree relatives like siblings or parents having breast cancer pose a higher risk of the disease.
Only one percent of breast cancer cases occur in men but still close to 2600 men in Unites states are at risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer and 500 of them might not be alive, as per the latest report. Increased awareness and early detection through mammogram screening have saved the lives of many women who were diagnosed with the dreaded disease. However, men often fall behind in terms of awareness and early detection. Men are more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage as breast cancer clinical trials are specifically designed for women. There is also a lack of food and drug administration approved treatment for men. FDA Draft Guidance has urged health care providers to include men in breast cancer clinical trials.
Former NFL player Paul Dombroski has been fortunate to be diagnosed with breast cancer at an early stage. He knew that his mother was a cancer survivor and as soon as he started noticing the lumps on his chest, he went for the screening and started with his treatment. Currently former football player is on remission and he continues to spread awareness about breast cancer. Men are also at increased risk if they have a certain kind of congenital syndrome called Klinefelter syndrome.