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Breast Cancer: Not Just a Problem for Women

Women aren't the only ones who can develop breast cancer, the disease also affects men.

Despite what many may think, men can develop breast cancer, although the instances are rare. It's most commonly diagnosed in women, but cases of breast cancer are increasing among males. According to Sioux City NBC affiliate KTIV, the number of men with breast cancer has increased in the last 20 years, with the risk of a man developing breast cancer is now one in 1,000.

The disease is often more critical in men because they don't typically seek treatment as soon as they could due to the belief that this is just something that affects women. Breast cancer can be more easily detected in men because they have less breast tissue, however, most men don't realize what a lump could mean when they find it. 

The source reported that the average age of diagnosing breast cancer in men is 68 and the disease is often in a later stage than when it's found in female patients. 

Men who are at an increased risk, including those who have the breast cancer genes BRCA1 or BRCA2, should look out for the same signs and symptoms as women. According to KTIV, men who have a family history of breast cancer can have a 20 percent higher risk of developing the disease.

According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of breast cancer include a painless lump or thickening in breast tissue, discharge from the nipple, an inverted nipple, redness or scaling and changes to the skin surrounding the breast such as puckering and dimpling.

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