Male Breast Cancer, More Life Threatening

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Males can be afflicted with breast cancer, although it is rare, but it is much more dangerous and life-threatening, according to a new analysis of cancer rates.

According to the National Cancer Institute, breast cancer can happen among males; especially those who are in the age bracket between sixty (60) and seventy (70), the age group where most cases of breast cancer for males are detected. Male breast cancer is just rare, and makes up less than one (1) per cent of the total cases of breast cancer.

The American Cancer Society estimates that there were about 1,970 new diagnosed cases of male breast cancer in the year 2010, compared to about 40, 000 of women diagnosed with breast cancer, and dying from this disease.

The fact that male breast cancer is rare, it is commonly misdiagnosed or diagnosed on the late stage of the disease which is already far advanced and metastasis already occur. This puts the person into a crucial stage of his life because of the life-threatening breast cancer. Thus, widespread and vast information dissemination is needed in order to give the public necessary information, more specifically the males, about the clinical signs and symptoms of the disease. Still, early detection and prompt medical intervention for cancer is far better than curing the disease in a much advance stage.

“It’s not surprising that men with breast cancer present with later stages,” Dr. Susan Dent, from the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Center in Canada said. “That’s just because the awareness of the fact that breast cancer can occur in men is not as acute,” she further added.

Breast cancer is linked to estrogen exposure. Male who had the disease may have an increase in estrogen levels which is brought about by several factors such as secondary to other diseases. These involve liver cirrhosis and other genetic factors which could lead to increase in estrogen levels of the males. In addition, familial predisposition to the disease also plays a role. Those males who have relatives who had cancer are of heightened risk in developing cancer, but not specifically breast cancer.

The research includes six countries such as Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Singapore and Geneva, Switzerland. The researchers used the combined registries of cancer which includes cases back in 1970, from the six countries mentioned. There are about 480,700 cases of breast cancer included, 460,000 of the cases were breast cancer cases of the females, and 2,700 cases were from the males.

The findings reveal that the time males are diagnosed of having the disease, it has already metastasized. However, about seventy-two (72) per cent is their chance of surviving and winning the battle against cancer 5 years after the diagnosis.




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