January 25, 2007


This kind of surprised me, well as much as anything can.

"Men who have breast cancer have a significantly increased risk of a second cancer, according to the largest study ever done on the subject."

I never really considered that men were susceptible to this type of cancer, though I can't think of any logical reason why I thought that.

"Breast cancer remains rare among men. Only about 1 percent of breast cancers are diagnosed in men, but some 1,400 new cases are reported in the United States each year, according to the American Cancer Society." (link in original)

As with all such things the numbers seem small unless you're one of the minority.

"There are several possible explanations for the increased risk, Anton-Culver said. It might be due to the side effects of treatment of the primary breast cancer, for example. But the most probable cause is genetics, she said, with the men being at 'higher risk of developing cancer in general."

Hmmm. Genetics at play again. Go read the whole thing.

Posted by Publicola at January 25, 2007 08:28 AM | TrackBack
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