Breast Cancer Appears Less Deadly for Men Than Women

New research shows that the few men who develop breast cancer tend to have more advanced cases than women and to be diagnosed at an older age. But when statistics are adjusted for factors such as age, men with breast cancer are less likely to die from the disease than women are. The findings shed light on a rare disease in men, one that researchers had earlier assumed was deadlier for males.

It’s not clear why breast cancer is much less common in men. Women, of course, have much more breast tissue. But volume doesn’t appear to affect the risk of breast cancer in women, since those with large breasts don’t develop the disease more than those with small breasts.

Women were diagnosed at age 62 on average and men at age 70. Men with breast cancer were less likely to live for five years than women with the disease were, but the situation reversed when researchers adjusted their statistics so they wouldn’t be thrown off by differences between the two groups in terms of age and other factors. Read more…

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