Lack of breast cancer awareness amongst men is already a cause for concern. Adding to this is another study that suggests that the percentage of mortality after a breast cancer diagnosis is higher amongst men than in women.
The study was recently published in the JAMA Oncology journal and was conducted by a group of researchers primarily from the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. It has set out to compare the mortality between men and women after breast cancer diagnosis and assess the factors involved in causing the disparity.
These conclusions are key in deciding the further course of breast cancer treatment and survivorship care. It was a registry-based nationwide cohort study that used the National Cancer Database. The factors which were considered to analyze the mortality disparity included race or ethnicity, clinical characteristics, treatments, and access-to-care.
According to the NIH National Cancer Institute, a family history of breast cancer can increase the chances of male breast cancer. While breast lumps are a common symptom, a change in the breast size and shape, underarm lumps, and an inward-turned nipple are also some of the symptoms.
October is world breast cancer awareness month.