Anthropometric measurements in male breast cancer

Obes Surg. 2002 Dec;12(6):869-70. doi: 10.1381/096089202320995727.


Background: 1% of breast cancers occur in men. The etiology is obscure. An elevated BMI has been postulated to be a cause.

Methods: All male breast cancer patients operated from January 1990 to May 2001 were retrospectively reviewed. Relation between BMI and male breast cancer was examined.

Results: 43 males underwent breast surgery for breast cancer during this period. 3 patients were excluded from the study because of other risk factors for breast cancer. The average BMI of 40 patients was 26.54 kg/m2, which is mildly above the level for normal weight.

Conclusions: Excessive adipose tissue may increase risk of male breast cancer.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Anthropometry
  • Body Mass Index
  • Breast Neoplasms, Male / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors