Male breast cancer is a kind of cancer that affects the breast tissues of men. Most people wrongly perceive that male breast cancer is a myth. But the fact is that male breast does occur, though it is not as common as women breast cancer. This condition is more common in aged men than young or middle aged men. Nevertheless, this kind of cancer can affect men at any age. Men who learn about this underlying condition at an early stage stand good chances of getting cured of the disease. However, there are many men who delay to consult their doctor even after experiencing symptoms of the condition such as development of lump in the breast. Hence, by the time male breast cancer is diagnosed it already might have reached to an advanced stage.
Risk factors for men:
Breast cancer is a condition common in men aging 60 to 70 years of age.
Exposure to estrogen:
If you use drugs which include estrogen, for example those drugs which are used during sex change procedure, then you may be at increased risk of breast cancer.
Hereditary Breast cancer in family:
If you have a family history of breast cancer, you stand a greater chance of suffering from the condition.
This genetic syndrome is a condition which occurs when a male child is born with over one copy of chromosome- X. This leads to low male hormone and more female hormone. This increases your chances of breast cancer.
Causes of male breast cancer:
It is not certain what actually leads to male breast cancer. Experts could only determine that the condition occurs in case if some cells of the breast starts growing anomalously. These cells divide and multiply rapidly than other healthy cells. Such cells also accumulate and form a tumor which also metastasizes to surrounding tissues, accessible lymph nodes and also to other areas of the body.
Every individual is born with some amount of breast tissues. Breast tissues consist of lobules which are glands responsible for producing milk. These glands are in fact ducts that carry milk to the nipples. During puberty women starts to develop more tissues of breast while amount of men breast tissue remains the same. It is possible for men to develop breast cancer, as they have some amount of breast tissues in their body.
Male breast cancer types:
Cancer starting at the milk duct:
Ductal carcinoma is said to be cancer starting at the milk duct. This is one of the most common kinds of cancer. However, almost all cases of breast cancer begin from milk duct.
Cancer starting in milk producing Gland:
These cancers that begin in milk producing gland are known as lobular carcinoma. This condition rarely occurs in men because men’s breast tissue has only a few lobules
Cancer that metastasize to nipple:
In some cases, the cancer that forms in milk duct also metastasizes to the nipple. This may cause crusty and scaly occurrence.