October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Quantico! Here Are Some Facts About Breast Cancer in Men
October 1, 2015
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and while breast cancer is typically thought of as a woman's disease, it can also affect men (men have breast tissue!). It's about 100 times less common in men, and only around 1 percent of breast cancer cases occur in men, but it's still a possibility. In fact, according to estimates from the American Cancer Society, 2,350 new cases of invasive breast cancer in men will be diagnosed this year.
So what can men do? First and foremost, visit your doctor regularly. Don't allow fear or pride to prevent you from receiving your annual physical. Signs and symptoms of breast cancer in men include a hard knot or thickening in the chest area, a change in breast shape or appearance, and changes in the appearance of the nipple or nipple discharge. If you notice something "off," see your doctor right away!