• By Laurel Kelly

Consumer Health: Breast cancer in men

June 10, 2021
a middle-aged man looking sad, depressed and distraught holding his head in his hand, sitting on the edge of a bed with a woman, perhaps his wife, touching his shoulder to comfort him

Breast cancer may be thought of as a disease that affects only women. It's the second most common cancer diagnosed in women in the U.S., and it will affect 1 in 8 women, according to the American Cancer Society. Much of the messaging around breast cancer research focuses on the disease in women. However, breast cancer can occur in men, as well.

An estimated 2,650 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in men this year and 530 men will die from breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Men diagnosed with breast cancer at an early stage have a good chance for a cure.

Male breast cancer treatment often involves surgery to remove the tumor and surrounding breast tissue. Radiation therapy, hormone therapy and chemotherapy also may be recommended. If you've been diagnosed with breast cancer, your treatment will be based on the stage of your cancer, your overall health and your preferences.

Learn more about the signs, symptoms and risk factors of male breast cancer. And connect with other men living with male breast cancer in the Breast Cancer support group on Mayo Clinic Connect, an online patient community moderated by Mayo Clinic.