Doctors urge men to be aware of breast cancer risks

Doctors urge men to be aware of breast cancer risks

ST. HELENA ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - More than 2,200 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and more than 400 will die from it, according to the American Cancer Society.

That number is less than women, but doctors say men should pay more attention, because they have a greater chance of dying from the disease than women do. Unlike women, there are no screenings that can be done on men to check to see if they have breast cancer.

Doctors at Beaufort Memorial Cancer Center say men with breast cancer make up less than 1 percent of breast cancer diagnosis, but their chances of dying are greater.

"We typically see patients presented with symptoms, and anytime you wait for symptoms, that by itself can give you a much worse prognosis," said Dr. Majd Chahin, the director of oncology for Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

Chahin said men 65 and older are more likely to get breast cancer, and women with men in their family who have it are at higher risk of being diagnosed.

WTOC's Jonathan Burton spoke to a St. Helena Island man who was diagnosed with breast cancer four months ago, he'll have his story today, on The News.

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