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Men need to practise screening too

Though it is rare, men can and do get breast cancer.

Though it is rare, men can and do get breast cancer.

According to the Canadian Breast Cancer Network, fewer than one per cent of breast cancer cases are found in men. Yet, they caution that it is still important for men to practice screening techniques. Men of all ages can develop breast cancer; however, it is most commonly diagnosed between the ages of 60 and 70.

Risk factors for men include having a family history of breast cancer, carrying the BRCA2 gene mutation, estrogen administration and having a disease or condition associated with hyperestrogenism. Symptoms for men to be aware of include breast lumps, nipple inversion and nipple discharge.

 
 
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