Early detection, Risk assessment
Knowledge worth sharing
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By The Edith Sanford teamJune 11, 2014
Father’s Day is right around the corner!
While making plans for golfing and grilling this weekend with the special dads in our lives, we are reminded here at Edith Sanford that breast cancer is a disease that strikes men too.
Although it’s rare, male breast cancer deserves attention. In 2014, more than 2,000 men are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S., and frequently in later stages because the symptoms often go unnoticed or ignored. It can be diagnosed at any age, but most commonly between the ages of 60 and 70.
Risk factors include:
- A family history of breast cancer. An increased risk of male breast cancer has been reported in families with the BRCA2 mutation.
- Exposure to radiation
- Use of estrogen
- Klinefelter’syndrome, a rare genetic disorder
- Cirrhosis, a severe liver disease
These are facts worth knowing — and sharing — with the men you love.
Breast cancer doesn’t discriminate; it can affect anyone of any age or gender. That’s why we’re counting on people like you to help us turn things around.
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