Some men are at a significantly greater risk of developing breast cancer

Why men – and especially DES Sons – should check themselves for breast cancer

Bill-Becker-by-David-Jay
Breast cancer cases in men are on the rise. Could this be linked somehow to the fact that DES Sons are getting older? Image The SCAR Project: Male Breast Cancer, Bill Becker by David Jay.

Men who carry a specific genetic mutation known as BRCA2 are at significantly greater risk of developing breast cancer than men who don’t carry it. Other things that put men at a greater risk of developing breast cancer are previous radiotherapy to the chest, sex hormone dysfunction, being older and having a close relative with the disease.

Most men are not aware of their own risks while breast cancer cases in men are on the rise. Could this be linked somehow to the fact that DES Sons are getting older?

So what can men do? Physical checks can be much more effective in men because they have a smaller amount of breast tissue. Men should get in the habit of self-examination. See breast self-exam: horizontal techniques for male chest exams.

Read Why men should check themselves for breast cancer, independent, 3 November 2015.

Have your say ! Share your views