Men face worse breast cancer diagnoses
Oct 28, 2011
A new study conducted by researchers at the National University Cancer Institute in Singapore found that even though male breast cancer is much less rare than women's, men face worse diagnosis due to lack of awareness, according to Huffington Post.
The study also found that if a man and woman caught the disease at the same stage, men had a better chance of pulling through, according to the media outlet.
"We believe that men present later due to limited awareness of the disease, so that men who develop a breast lump delay seeing their doctor longer than a comparable woman would with similar symptoms," Dr. Mikael Hartman, the lead researcher, told the news source. "The outcomes of men have improved over time, but not to the same extent as for women."
According to the American Cancer Society, men can be diagnosed with the disease even though it is much less likely. One in 1,000 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during his lifetime compared to the one in eight women who will suffer from it.