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How many men get breast cancer?

Breast cancer in men is not very common. About 2,000 men will develop breast cancer each year. This accounts for only 1% of invasive breast cancers diagnosed every year in the United States. Overall, a man's risk for getting breast cancer is very low. However, if he has a family history of breast cancer or develops any lumps or skin changes or other symptoms related to his chest wall, he should tell his physician about it to get checked out.

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
In general less than one percent of all breast cancers are found in men. However, these cancer may be more aggressive and should be treated immediately. Similar types of cancer found in women may include infiltrating ductal carcinoma an lobular carcinoma. Any suspicious mass or enlarging lesion should be biopsied and treated by a board certified surgeon.
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.
This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com
The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for male breast cancer in the United States are for 2010:
About 1,970 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among menAbout 390 men will die from breast cancer
Breast cancer is about 100 times less common among men than among women. For men, the lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000. The number of breast cancer cases in men relative to the population has been fairly stable over the last 30 years.
 

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