The majority of breast cancer cases occur in women, so treatment and support are geared toward them. However, men with breast cancer can feel isolated in a treatment world seemingly geared only to women.
At 46 years old, Oliver Bogler’s reaction to a suspicious lump in his chest might seem typical for a man. He ignored it for three to four months, maybe longer. “I couldn’t really imagine I would have this disease,” Bogler says. But when he finally “grew up” and went to the doctor, he was pretty quickly diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.
Now what’s interesting here is that Bogler is a cancer biologist who regularly works with cancer cells, as senior vice president of academic affairs at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Even so, he figured the lump was a benign swelling of breast tissue.
He had good reason to think so. Breast cancer is rare among men. Only 1 percent of all breast cancer cases are in men. Still, that means about 2,600 men receive a diagnosis of breast cancer every year.
But men typically don’t think they are at risk, says Dr. Sharon Giordano, an oncologist who also works at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. “Men don’t think of themselves as having breasts,” Giordano says. “They don’t realize that all men have some residual breast tissue.” So it’s not unusual to see male patients like Bogler who come to her with more advanced breast cancer than the typical female patient.
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