Breast cancer in men occurs in only 1 percent of the population but that’s still quite a significant number – over 2000 a year. It occurs mostly in men 60 to 70 years old.
The reason it doesn’t happen so much to men is because the ducts in the breasts of men are much less developed than they are in women and so they are less susceptible. Also, they are not exposed to female hormones.
The common causes of male breast cancer can be radiation, alcohol, liver cirrhosis, obesity or family history. It can also occur due to decreased levels of testosterone.
According to Natural News, low testosterone problems can be fixed by increasing minerals and zinc, reducing belly fat and estrogens in the environment as well as not overdoing it on exercise. Eating bad food can also create a lack of testosterone.
Some symptoms of male breast cancer are a hard lump or thickening in the breast, dimpling or redness of the skin, itchy, scaly skin or nipple discharge. But often men don’t think much about it or they’re too embarrassed to mention it.
Also, the male breast tissue is much smaller and so it’s less likely to be detected early enough. By the time bleeding occurs, the cancer has already spread to the lymph nodes. So in that sense, breast cancer in men is more serious.
Girls’ breasts, on the other hand, start creating female hormones at puberty which cause the ducts to grow, so they can be more easily cause cancer.
Men can have benign cancer disorders in the breast but that is very rare.
A more common disorder in men is called gynecomastia, an enlargement of the tissue, though it’s not really a cancer. It occurs mostly in teenage boys and older men. It can be detected as a lump, the same way cancer is discovered.
Some medicines cause gynecomastia, such as ones for heartburn, high blood pressure, ulcers and heart failure.
There are several types of male breast cancer. Paget disease of the nipple is more common in men.
Inflammatory breast cancer is when the breast feels warn and turns red and swollen.
Infiltrating duct carcinoma is more serious because it can break through the duct wall and metastasize – spread to other parts of the body. Also tumors in the male breast take a lot less time to invade muscle and skin, so care must be taken to get an early diagnosis.
Natural News says the incidence of breast cancer in the military used to be low but now it is strangely much higher in both men and women compared to the rest of the population.
These soldiers are mostly young so that is even more disturbing, considering the age range for men with cancer is much older.
The cause is not known for certain yet, but it has been highly suspected to be the large exposure to chemicals, according to a study done in 2009 at Walter Reed Medical Center.
Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, a military training base, has reported a much higher incidence of breast cancer victims in men who live and worked there. In fact, breast cancer is one of the highest in the military, in general, said Rep. Leonard Boswell who has been trying to get something done about it through legislation.
Considering that as many as 200,000 servicemen are on psychotropic drugs, that certainly raise the number of men who might contract breast cancer, among other ills.
Breast cancer in men and women develop in the same way and is equally serious. Men should be alert to the symptoms, especially if they consider men don’t get cancer.
Written by Lucille Femine