WHAT IS MALE BREAST CANCER?
WHAT IS METASTATIC BREAST CANCER?
KEY ARTICLES TO UNDERSTANDING MALE BREAST CANCER AND METASTATIC BREAST CANCER
Breast cancer is the result of uncontrolled growth of breast cells.
Typically breast cancer either begins in the cells of the lobules, which are the milk-producing glands, or the ducts, the passages that drain milk from the lobules to the nipple.
Men have breast tissue.
The male breast contains ducts (or small tubes) that really perform no function. In women, of course, the ducts carry milk.
There are two genes that can be abnormal in some people known as the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.
The BRCA2 gene in particular, once abnormal or “mutated” , can particularly predispose men to an increased risk of breast cancer.
Metastatic Breast Cancer, also known as MBC, Stage IV or Advanced Breast Cancer, is cancer that has spread beyond the breast and lymph nodes under the arm.
The most common sites of metastases are the bones, lungs, liver and brain.
No one dies from breast cancer that remains in the breast.
The lump itself is not what kills.
The spread of cancerous cells to a vital organ is what kills.
This is called metastasis.
Illustration courtesy of Dr. John Boyages
There are numerous articles and research studies to help you further educate yourself about Breast Cancer and Metastatic Breast Cancer. Listed below are several key ones. Click on the link to read the full text.
ORGANIZATIONS AND SUPPORT
Here are a listing of individuals and organizations providing critical support and ongoing information.
A MALE BREAST CANCER BLOG BY DR. OLIVER BOGLER
BOOKS AND STUDIES
We owe a special thanks to Dr. John Boyages and Dr. Kathyrn J. Ruddy for their contributions of time and expertise to this film. Please consider reading their work listed below.