Answers to Common Breast Cancer and Genetic Counseling Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about breast cancer and genetic counseling.

What are the risks of breast cancer for men?

If a man has the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation, he has a 6 percent chance of getting breast cancer compared to a 1 percent chance for the average man.

Every man with breast cancer should be offered genetic testing.

All men can benefit from self-checks of the chest and breast area and should report any changes of concern to their physicians. Men with hereditary susceptibility to breast cancer could benefit from additional evaluations with a physician.

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Source: Faith Callif-Daley, MS, LGC, genetic counselor, Miami Valley Hospital North;;,, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention