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How does breast cancer affect women differently than men?

Breast cancer in men is rare, but it does happen: The American Cancer Society estimated 1,910 men would be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 in the United States, and 440 would die. It used to be thought that men who developed breast cancer were more likely to die than women with the disease, but research now shows that both sexes have an equal chance of beating breast cancer.

Men face a higher risk of breast cancer if the disease runs in their families, if they have been exposed to radiation, or if they have elevated levels of estrogen, which can happen with Klinefelter's syndrome or cirrhosis.

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