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Men, too, can get breast cancer 

Men also develop breast cancer; they are generally diagnosed at later stages of the disease.

Breast cancer is not just a woman’s disease.

While 99 percent of breast cancer cases stem from women, about 2,500 men in the United States contract breast cancer every year. And because awareness is scant, men often don’t go to a doctor promptly after discovering something suspicious — such as a lump in the chest area. Indeed, by the time men often seek medical attention, their cases are usually farther along.

“For men, most of these cases are invasive cancers,” said Dr. Robert DerHagopian, medical director of The Breast Center at Miami Cancer Institute, a part of Baptist Health South Florida. “For women, many of whom do annual mammograms, their cases tend to be pre-invasive.”

 The American Cancer Society estimates that about 440 men will die from breast cancer in 2016.

Alexander Sheppard, a 60-year-old grandfather from Richmond Heights in south Miami-Dade County, didn’t want to add to that statistic. In June, he felt something in his chest, which he initially thought was soreness from lifting boxes at his job. When he got home, he felt a knot on his left side. He talked it over with his wife, and saw a doctor the next day.

Sheppard got a mammogram. Cancer was not immediately detected, but the doctor referred Sheppard to a cancer surgeon.

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