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Men's breast health

BH101 Logo.jpgDid you know that men can get breast cancer too? 

Breast cancer in men is rare, but men also have breast tissue and can develop breast diseases, including cancer.

In 2012, an estimated 22,700 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 200 cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in men. Fewer than one per cent of all breast cancers occur in men.  

Although the risk of male breast cancer is low, it does happen, and that is why it is important for men to be breast aware. Earlier detection is key to the successful treatment of breast cancer.  Men should be aware of any changes in their breast tissue, and should contact their health care provider if they notice any of the following:

•  Lumps/ thickening of the skin in the breast area.
  Nipple changes or discharge from the nipple.
  Redness of the skin or nipple.
•  Skin changes.
•  Dimpling or puckering.
•  Swelling or pain in the breast area or under the arm.

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation encourages men, like women, to be breast aware. Know how your breasts normally look and feel, and if something doesn’t look or feel right, discuss your concerns with a health care provider.

If you are interested in learning more about breast health, visit www.breasthealth101.ca to book a free Breast Health 101 session in your community.