Male breast cancer

Int J Clin Pract. Nov-Dec 1998;52(8):571-6.


Male breast cancer is a rare disease, often with a late presentation and poor prognosis. The mainstay of treatment is modified radical mastectomy, with axillary node dissection to assess stage, prognosis and the need for adjuvant treatment. When matched for age, tumour size, grade and axillary nodal status, the prognosis is similar for males and females. Concerted efforts must be made to educate both the public and health professionals, in order to make earlier diagnoses and thereby improve prognosis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Breast Neoplasms, Male* / diagnosis
  • Breast Neoplasms, Male* / epidemiology
  • Breast Neoplasms, Male* / therapy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prognosis
  • Risk Factors
  • Topography, Medical