Study Shows Most Men Choose Mastectomy Surgery

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Most men with breast cancer opt for a mastectomy.

Breast cancer is rare in men – it makes up less than 1 percent of all cases of the disease, according to the U.S. National Cancer Institute. As stated by HealthDay, a study published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics revealed that 87 percent of the time men opt for a mastectomy to treat the cancer.

This revelation is in stark contrast to 38 percent of women with breast cancer who choose to undergo the procedure. A lumpectomy conserves the breast tissue, and is only chosen by men 5 percent of the time.

“I hope people will know there’s a data set showing it’s an appropriate [option] for select men with early stage breast cancer to undergo breast-conserving surgery,” Dr. Rachel Rabinovitch, study author and professor of radiation oncology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, explained to HealthDay. “That most men are treated with mastectomy for early stage breast cancer is not surprising, but this was a nice opportunity to compare outcomes and raise that issue.”

Just like with breast cancer found in female patients, men can also inherit the genetic mutations that cause the disease. According to the National Cancer Institute, from 5-10 percent of all breast cancer is hereditary.

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