Study: Men with breast cancer are diagnosed at a later age than women
Sep 16, 2011
A new study attempted to determine the difference of men and women and how they are diagnosed with breast cancer. It is exceptionally less common for men to have the disease but the study showed that men who do have it, get diagnosed at an older age than women, according to Medscape Medical News.
It is believed that this possibly is a result of not being aware of the disease in men. There were additional parts of the study that were missing, and were possibly necessary.
"We did not have information about our study population on the risk factors like BRCA, and family history of breast cancer," Dr. Siva Talluri, the author of the study, told the news source. "I am interested to know about risk factors that will help us identify the men at high risk. This may help the clinicians to diagnose men with breast cancer at an earlier stage of the disease."
According to the Susan G. Komen organization, it is recommended that once a woman turns 40 they receive annual mammograms. If an individual has an extensive family history of the disease, they might want to start scheduling these appointments at an earlier age in order to catch the disease during its beginning stages.