October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Most people are aware of the disease in women. However, when the words male and breast cancer are used in the same sentence, they conjure up a picture of a loving, supportive man caring for his wife, mother, sister, or friend. In other words, the patient is presumed to be a female. But breast cancer can develop in men, too.
Although the symptoms, treatment, and prognosis for breast cancer in men are similar to those in women, awareness of the disease in men is one of the differences. Unfortunately, this can translate to a delayed diagnosis and poor prognosis. This patient information sheet offers resources and information specific to breast cancer in men. These and many more resources for patients, families, and their caregivers are available in the For Your Patient section of our Web site.