Friday, October 8, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Male Breast Cancer

Did you know that Peter Criss founding drummer of the band KISS is a male breast cancer survivor???

Breast Cancer is thought of as a woman’s disease; however men do get breast cancer too! For this reason during this month of Breast Cancer Awareness I would like to bring awareness to it. The Mayo Clinic defines Male Breast cancer as “cancer that forms in the breast tissue of men”.

In researching this subject I learned that male breast cancer is rare and it is most common in older men (between the ages of 60 – 70 years of age). Risk factors include (but are not limited to) a family history of breast cancer and exposure to radiation.

Below are the current estimates for male breast cancer from the ACS:

While only about 1% of breast cancer cases are male breast cancer, awareness needs to be increased to so that more people know it is not just a woman’s disease. When walking, running or biking for a the cause, don’t forget to cheer on the male survivors too!
The most recent American Cancer Society estimates for male breast cancer in the United States are for 2010:
  • About 1,970 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among men 
  • About 390 men will die from breast cancer
Breast cancer is about 100 times less common among men than among women. For men, the lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000. The number of breast cancer cases in men relative to the population has been fairly stable over the last 30 years.

The prognosis (outlook) for men with breast cancer was once thought to be worse than that for women, but recent studies have not found this to be true. In fact, men and women with the same stage of breast cancer have a fairly similar outlook for survival.

Last Medical Review: 09/17/2010
Last Revised: 09/17/2010

Just to note, Peter Criss and his wife also actively participate in awareness events like Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.  Visit the MSABC website to find an event in your area.

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