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Metastatic Breast Cancer in Men

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Each month, our Here All Year campaign explored a new topic around metastatic breast cancer—from myth and stigma busters, to new research and strategies for improving outcomes. Want to help make a difference for people living with MBC, all year long? Dig deeper into the research, explore the available resources, watch patient stories and share them on your social and email channels.

Metastatic Breast Cancer in Men

Breast cancer in men is rare—occurring much less often than breast cancer in women—but the diseases are similar in many ways. Men carry a higher mortality than women, primarily due to a lack of awareness among men who are less likely to assume a lump is breast cancer, which can cause a delay in seeking treatment. Share the facts and videos available here to help raise awareness. As MBC Alliance member, The Male Breast Cancer Coalition, always says, “Men have breasts, too!”

Males have historically been excluded from clinical trials of breast cancer drugs which has resulted in limited FDA-approved treatment options for males with breast cancer. Clinical management of male breast cancer is generally based on clinical experience with breast cancer in females and data from studies conducted in females with breast cancer. The FDA now recommends that clinical trials of breast cancer drugs allow for inclusion of both males and females.
This year, an estimated 2,620 men in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Black men have the highest incidence rates and typically have a lower chance of survival. Individual survival rates depend on different factors, including the stage of the disease when it is first diagnosed. While the 5-year survival rate of men with breast cancer is 96%, if the cancer has spread to a distant part of the body (metastatic/StageIV), the 5-year survival rate is 22%.
About 1 out of 5 men who develop breast cancer has a family history of the disease. These men may have inherited a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes or other genes, which can increase risk for breast cancer and are also linked to other cancers. Male patients diagnosed with breast cancer should be counseled about genetic testing for their own health and for the health of their families.
This is Antonio Venturini from Johannesburg, South Africa. An inverted nipple was a sign of concern for him, but it took his wife “deceiving” him into going to a GP for a mole on his back. Being diagnosed initially with stage 3 breast cancer at the age of 39 made his head spin. Now with a metastatic diagnosis, listen to his story—Antonio is Here All Year!
Meet Ambrose Kirkland from Tallahassee, Florida. Ambrose was first diagnosed on November 1, 2001.  He also found out he was positive for the MRE11A and the NBN gene mutations. Ambrose also has thyroid cancer and is currently being tested for a mass on his kidney. Ambrose wants everyone to know, he is Here All Year!
Eric Pieszala recalls hearing about a Monsignor in elementary school who had breast cancer but never imagined saying those words himself. What he thought was a cyst actually changed his life forever. Diagnosed with MBC in 2019, Eric urges men to get anything out of the ordinary checked out by their doctors. He also wants people to know he is Here All Year!
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