I’m Rachelle Grossman with today’s health
news. The popularity of the fight against breast cancer and its effects on women are
well-publicized. But what about its effects on men? The American Cancer Society estimates
that about 2,350 new cases of breast cancer in men will be diagnosed this year, and about
440 will die, according to USA Today. And while these numbers are still relatively low
compared to women, officials point-out that men are typically diagnosed at a later stage.
Dr. Janell Seeger, an oncologist in Kentucky, reports that diagnosed male breast cancer
cases have increased over the last 25 years. Risk factors include: age, family history
of breast cancer, inherited gene mutations, radiation exposure, heavy alcohol use, certain
testicular conditions and obesity. Men should keep an eye out for any skin changes, sores
that don’t heal, breast lumps and nipple discharge, and if there’s a family history
of breast cancer, men should also perform regular breast self-exams.