Pink Pride| Breast Cancer Appears Less Deadly for Men Than Women

New research shows that the few men who develop breast cancer tend to have more advanced cases than women and to be diagnosed at an older age.

But when statistics are adjusted for factors such as age, men with breast cancer are less likely to die from the disease than women are.

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The findings shed light on a rare disease in men, one that researchers had earlier assumed was deadlier for males.

“Men can develop it and should be aware that they should seek care if a breast lump develops,” said study co-author Dr. Mikael Hartman, an assistant professor at National University of Singapore.

The same mutation greatly boosts the risk of breast cancer in women.

It’s not clear why breast cancer is much less common in men. Women, of course, have much more breast tissue. But volume doesn’t appear to affect the risk of breast cancer in women, since those with large breasts don’t develop the disease more than those with small breasts, El-Tamer said.

Estrogen could be key, study co-author Hartman said, since it seems to fuel breast cancer and is almost entirely absent in men.

This is an Everyday Health article about some quick facts of breast cancer.
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