Breast Cancer in Men – it happens
- 1 out 1,000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in Malaysia
- Less than 72% of men recover from the disease as doctor’s visit is made when symptoms are more severe however symptoms of breast cancer in men and women are quite alike.
- Most male breast cancers are diagnosed when a man discovers a lump on his chest. But unlike women, men tend to delay going to the doctor until they have more severe symptoms, like bleeding from the nipple. At that point, the cancer may have already spread
- Because men have very little breast tissue, it is easier for men and their health care professionals to feel small masses (tumours). On the other hand, because men have so little breast tissue, cancers do not need to grow very far to reach the nipple, the skin covering the breast, or the muscles underneath the breast.
- So even though breast cancers in men tend to be slightly smaller than in women when they are first found, they more often have already spread to nearby tissues or lymph nodes. The extent of spread is one of the most important factors in the prognosis (outcome) of a breast cancer.
|Dr.Tan and male model demonstrating steps to perform breast self examination|