Breast Cancer Survivor Mark Martin & Dr. Dasha Fielder
Since males also have breast tissue, they can develop breast cancer. However, breast cancer is far less common in males than females because their breast duct cells are less developed and are not constantly exposed to the tumour-promoting effects of female hormones.
Men account for almost one per cent of breast cancer cases (140 diagnoses per year), with a female to male ratio of 120 to 1. These figures can mean that being a man diagnosed with what is usually considered a ‘woman’s disease’ can be lonely and sometimes feel embarrassing.
Dr Fielder was recently invited onto Studio 10 to discuss what men need to know to reduce their risk.