Health Watch - Father's Day: Male Breast Cancer

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about health issues that affect the men in our lives, in honor of Father’s Day. When we think about men’s health issues, breast cancer doesn’t come to mind, but it is a possibility.

Male breast cancer accounts for less than 1 percent of all breast cancer cases, but about 400 men die from it every year. Dr. Phil Evans, an expert on breast imaging at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says male breast cancer is rare enough that widespread, routine screening and monthly self exams aren’t necessary. If men notice any suspicious lumps, though, they should see a doctor for further evaluation. The lump will be assessed through physical examination, mammography or ultrasound, and a cancer diagnosis will be confirmed with a biopsy. Most men who have breast lumps have a condition called gynecomastia, which is an excessive development of male breasts.

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June 2011

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