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Should Men be Screened for Breast Cancer?

A common cancer misconception is that only women can be diagnosed with life-threatening breast cancer. To the contrary, approximately 440 of the 2,600 men who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States this year will lose their battle with the disease. Women have a much greater risk of being diagnosed with the disease than men; a woman’s lifetime chance of developing breast cancer is 1 in 8, while a man’s chance is 1 in 1,000. The American Cancer Society says that, “there is unlikely to be any benefit in screening men in the general population for breast cancer with mammograms or other tests.” However, men with a family history of breast cancer or those who have gene mutations may benefit from routine screenings although there has been minimal research done on the benefits of breast cancer screenings in men. The American Cancer Society also notes that regular breast self-exams are not recommended for men and women who are at a normal risk for breast cancer.

Symptoms of breast cancer include swelling of all or part of the breast, skin irritation or dimpling, breast pain, nipple pain or the nipple turning inward, redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin, a nipple discharge other than breast milk, and a lump in the underarm area. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms, seek prompt medical attention.

Unfortunately, physicians infrequently overlook and fail to diagnose this type of cancer. If you or someone you love suffers from this type of cancer, and you feel you may have been a victim of medical error, please call our office for a free consultation. Our attorneys have successfully litigated many claims against physicians for failing to detect, diagnose, and treat breast cancer in a timely fashion and have obtained record-setting verdicts and settlements.