How common is breast cancer in men?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Breast cancer occurs in women because they have breast tissue. But men have breast tissue too, just much less of it. While less than 1% of breast cancers occur in men, the incidence is on the rise. So the same advice doctors give women -- investigate any changes that occur in breast tissue -- should also be extended to men.

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Breast cancer in men is very rare but does occur. It is a malignant tumor that can spread or metastasize to surronding tissues. The types of breast cancers in men include: DCIS or ductal carcinoma in situ, Infiltrating ductal carcinoma (IDC), Infiltrating Lobular carcinoma (ILC), Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS), and Pagets disease of the nipple. IDC is the Most common carcinoma in men.
Breast cancer is much less common in men than in women. In fact, the risk for a man to get breast cancer in his lifetime is 1 in 1,000, or 0.1 percent, while for women it is much higher. Approximately one in eight women, or 12.4 percent, will get breast cancer in her lifetime.

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