Breast Cancer in Men Facts

While the causes of breast cancer in men aren't completely understood, researchers have found several factors that may increase the risk of getting it. Similar to women, many factors are related to sex hormone levels in the body.

  • Age - The risk increases as a man ages.
  • Family history of breast cancer.
  • Inherited gene mutations - Men with a mutation in the BRCA2 gene have an increased risk of breast cancer with a lifetime risk of about 6 in 100. BRCA1 mutations can also cause breast cancer in men. However, the risk is lower - about 1 in 100.
  • Klinefelter syndrome - Some studies have found that men with Klinefelter syndrome - a congenital condition that affects about 1 in 100 men - are more likely to get breast cancer than other men.
  • Radiation exposure.
  • Excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Liver disease.
  • Estrogen treatment.
  • Obesity.
  • Testicular conditions - Some studies suggest that certain conditions, such as having an undescended testicle, mumps as an adult or having one or both testicles surgically removed may increase male breast cancer risk, although it is low.

Early Detection Saves Lives.. When breast cancer is caught early, the prognosis is often excellent. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society, the 5-year survival rate for breast cancer found early and confined to the breast is 99 percent.

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Belleville, NJ 07109
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99 Highway 37 West
Toms River, NJ 08755
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Newark, NJ 07112
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Jersey City, NJ 07302
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865 Stone Street
Rahway, NJ 07065
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RWJ University Hospital Somerset
110 Rehill Avenue
Somerville, NJ 08876
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The Jacqueline M. Wilentz Breast Center at Lakewood
600 River Ave
Lakewood, NJ 08701
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RWJ University Hospital Hamilton
1 Hamilton Health Place
Hamilton, NJ 08690
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RWJ University Hospital New Brunswick
1 Robert Wood Johnson Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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Center for Breast Health and Disease Management - Livingston
200 South Orange Avenue
Suite 102
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 322-7020
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The Jacqueline M. Wilentz Breast Center at Monmouth Medical Center
300 Second Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 923-7700
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The Jacqueline M. Wilentz Breast Center at Howell
4013 Route 9
Suite 2S
Howell, NJ 07731
(732) 923-7700
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The Jacqueline M. Wilentz Breast Center at Colts Neck
310 Route 34 South
Second Floor
Colts Neck, NJ 07722
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Center for Breast Health and Disease Management - Westfield
560 Springfield Ave
Westfield, NJ 07090
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Center for Breast Health and Disease Management - Metuchen
173 Essex Ave
Metuchen, NJ 08840
(732) 494-0415
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Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center
200 South Orange Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 322-7000
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Community Medical Center Women's Imaging Center - Toms River
368 Lakehurst Rd
1st Floor
Toms River, NJ 08755
(732) 557-8146
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