Yes, men can suffer from breast cancer too! Although it can occur in only 1 in 400 men, the survival rate for the patient is only 73% ~
says Dr P. Jagannath, Oncologist, Fortis S.L Raheja Hospital, Mahim. He sheds light on the factors that can put you at risk of breast cancer (which accounts for only 1% of all breast cancer cases).
Breast cancer in a close female relative is a cause of concern. Just like women, the risk of breast cancer in men is high if your mother, grandmother, sister or close family member suffers from the cancer.
It is seen that the history of exposure to radiation of the chest (lung cancer or lymphoma) can be a risk factor for breast cancer in men. This is because radiation can trigger the normal cells to become cancerous cells.
If you suffer from gynecomastia, a condition which causes enlargement of the breasts in men (also known as man boobs), you might be at risk. It is usually due to drugs, hormone treatments or even some infections and poisons.
Did you know severe liver disease (or liver cirrhosis) can increase the risk of breast cancer in men? This could be because liver cirrhosis causes an increase in the hormonal levels of oestrogen, which puts you at risk of breast cancer.
Also, excessive intake of foods rich in the hormone oestrogen or taking medications that contain oestrogen might put you at risk of estrogen due to activation of the gene.
If you suffer from a rare genetic condition called Klinefelter's syndrome, a condition in which a male is born with an extra copy of the X chromosome (47, XXY) then you might be at risk of breast cancer.
Diseases of the testicles such as mumps orchitis, which is a condition that causes inflammation of one or both testicles in males (caused due to mumps virus) or undescended testicle can also increase the risk of breast cancer in men.