Should I get genetic testing for breast cancer if I am a man?

Shelly Weiss
Clinical Genetics
Men as well as women can carry breast cancer predisposing genetic mutations. Men with BRCA mutations face an elevated risk of breast cancer (5-7%). When investigating your family's medical history, you should never ignore a diagnosis of breast cancer in a male relative, or your father's (paternal) side of the family.

All male breast cancer is not genetic. Genetics may be considered a risk factor, but it doesn’t mean that breast cancer is definitely due to genetic causes. Following a diagnosis of male breast cancer, individuals should consider genetic counseling to  map out the family tree, and discuss the possibility of genetic testing.

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