• Breast cancer: are men the forgotten victims?

    In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, cancer charities and organizations around the globe will be “thinking pink.” On October 24th, Breast Cancer Campaign will have their “Wear it Pink” event, in which people all over the US will wear pink clothing to raise awareness of the disease that will be diagnosed in more than 230,000 women this year. But in this flurry of feminine pink, it can be easy to forget that men can get breast cancer, too.

    indexIn fact, it is estimated that 2,360 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in men in the US this year, and around 430 men will die from the disease.

    Admittedly, breast cancer in men is rare. A man’s lifetime risk of the disease is 1 in 1,000, while a woman’s is 1 in 8. But according to a 2012 study that assessed more than 13,000 male breast cancers from the US National Cancer Data Base, men with breast cancer are less likely to survive the disease than women.

    The researchers found that at diagnosis, men were likely to have much larger breast tumors, and the cancer was more likely to have already spread to other areas of the body.

    “This may be attributed to the fact that awareness of breast cancer is so much greater among women than men,” commented study leader Dr. Jon Greif. “Guidelines call for regular screening, both clinical and mammographic, in women, leading to earlier detection.” [Read More…]

  • Breast density: over 700,000 UK women living with ‘hidden’ breast cancer risk

    1 October 2014

    Risk Determination and Prevention of Breast Cancer[1], published in the journal Breast Cancer Research, identifies the critical gaps that must be addressed if we are to reverse the increase in breast cancer expected over the next 10 years – and reach a tipping point where more breast cancers will be prevented in the general population, not only in women at high risk. High breast density is highlighted as a significant risk factor for breast cancer that could play a key role in redefining the risk of breast cancer faced by each individual woman.

    WH_stages_of_breast_cancer-300x193The number of people diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK is on the rise and this trend is projected to continue until at least 2030. The increase is partly due to an aging population, insufficient levels of physical activity, increases in obesity and alcohol consumption, women having fewer children and having them later in life, all of which are risk factors for the disease.

    The 4 key risk and prevention gaps identified in Risk Determination and Prevention of Breast Cancer are:
    Risk estimation: Accurate ways to estimate risk in the general population and in women at high risk. Adding information about breast density and newly identified genes is likely to improve existing models. [Read More…]