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Breast cancer isn’t just a woman’s disease. One out of every 100 breast cancer patients is male. It’s rare, but it happens.
You may feel embarrassed or sensitive about your breast cancer diagnosis. We understand that. That’s why we’ve made treating male breast cancer with compassion and experience an area of expertise.
Breast cancer in men can develop in the ducts, the breast tissue, or the lymph nodes surrounding the breast. When breast cancer spreads to other areas of the body, we call that metastatic breast cancer.
Most men don’t regularly examine their chests — and their doctors may forget as well. Because of this, diagnoses of male breast cancer tend to come at a later stage of the disease. Don’t delay seeing your doctor if you notice one of these signs:
The doctor may conduct one or more screening or diagnostic tests:
BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes increase the risk of certain cancers, including breast cancer. Male and female family members can share these genes. We offer genetic testing and counseling to determine if you are a carrier of one of these genes. If you are, we’ll walk you through the options to reduce your risk.
Henry Ford Health System is committed to ensuring our Deaf or hard-of-hearing patients and visitors have equal access to all services. We provide the appropriate auxiliary aids and services, including qualified sign language interpreters, TTYs and other assistive listening devices, at no cost. To request assistance, call 313-916-1896 or email CommunicationAccess@hfhs.org.