Myth: Men cannot get breast cancer
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Myth: Men cannot get breast cancer

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Breast cancer is a condition in which the cells in the breast multiply at an uncontrollable rate. Although there are different types of breast cancer, the development of the type of cells in the breast can determine which kind one might be diagnosed with. Usually, women are prone to this illness but did you know it can affect men too? Here’s what you need to know about the myth surrounding men and breast cancer.

Myths surrounding Breast Cancer

Even though men don’t have breasts as women do, they do have a small amount of breast tissue present in their bodies. Women’s breast tissues change in size during and after the completion of puberty, but the same process does not occur for men due to their biological functions. Despite having little breast tissue at birth, males can nonetheless get diagnosed with breast cancer. 

Even though it is rare, it is not impossible. According to the American Cancer Society, 1 percent of all breast cancer occurs in men. This condition in males can strike at any age, although it most frequently affects older men. 

It can be scary to think of such a diagnosis but prevention is always better than cure, stay on top of your health and if you’re worried, visit your doctor who can guide you on the right path.


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Source: my.clevelandclinic.org 

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