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Breast Cancer Appears Less Deadly for Men Than Women
Date:10/5/2011

und 459,846 cases of breast cancer in women and 2,665 in men.

Women were diagnosed at age 62 on average and men at age 70. Men with breast cancer were less likely to live for five years than women with the disease were, but the situation reversed when researchers adjusted their statistics so they wouldn't be thrown off by differences between the two groups in terms of age and other factors.

Hartman said it's not clear why men do better, but it may have something to do with how their bodies react to anti-hormone and chemotherapy treatments. (Removal of the breast is another treatment for men with breast cancer.)

Over time, the prospects for women with breast cancer have improved at a greater rate than those for men, he said.

El-Tamer said men should be aware of the possible risk of breast cancer and see a doctor if they notice a lump or changes involving the nipple, such as an ulceration, discharge or changes in the areola.

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For more about male breast cancer, try the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: Mikael Hartman, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, National University of Singapore; Mahmoud El-Tamer, M.D., attending surgeon, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York City. Oct. 3, 2011, Journal of Clinical Oncology, online


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