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Medical Mythbuster: Men can’t get breast cancer.

By Bradley Switzer, MD
Chief of Hematology/Oncology

Unfortunately, this is not true. While men don’t get breast cancer in nearly the numbers that women do, they can still suffer from this deadly disease. In fact, men who get breast cancer have a higher mortality rate than women do (often from a delay in being diagnosed or seeking treatment). Breast cancer in men is usually detected as a hard lump underneath the nipple and areola.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and a good time to remind you – whether you are a man or a woman – that it’s a good idea to check yourself with a breast self-exam regularly, and report any suspicious findings to your primary care provider. When they reach appropriate age, women should make sure to schedule their annual mammogram, which has helped many women detect breast cancer early when it is most curable.

Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider if you have any questions about breast cancer screening. Detecting breast cancer early can save your life!

Medical Mythbuster: Men can’t get breast cancer.

About Bradley Switzer, MD -Chief of Hematology/Oncology

Even though his father passed away at a young age from cancer, Dr. Bradley Switzer says his interest in medicine mostly came when he was an undergraduate student at USC. “One of my teachers, a physiologist, had a big interest in cancer and I wound up being fascinated by the science of it,” he explains. “After I graduated, I did some research work but ultimately decided that I needed to go to medical school. I did enjoy doing research...

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