Answers to Common Cancer Prevention Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about cancer prevention.

How common is male breast cancer?

Dr. Thomas Heck discusses how common male breast cancer is. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

How common is male breast cancer?

Male breast cancer occurs infrequently. For every 100 women, we'll have one man with breast cancer. So obviously, the odds of a man getting breast cancer is a lot less, but it's not zero. So men need to be aware that breast cancer does occur in the male population.


Breast cancer is 100 times less common among white men than white women, and 70 times less common among black men than black women, according to the American Cancer SocietyOff Site Icon (ACS).

In 2018, an estimated 2,550 new cases of invasive male breast cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S., and about 480 men will die from breast cancer in the U.S.

Talk to your doctor for more information about how common male breast cancer is.

Learn more:

Source: Susan Davis-Brown, MD, Brookville Family Care; Dori Thompson, MD, Springboro Family Medicine; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Joshua Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Douglas Gaker, MD, Premier Urology Center; J. Scott Wilcher, MD, North Dayton Surgeons; Todd Hicks, Premier Plastic Surgeons; Geetha Ambalavanan, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Kenneth Reed, DO, Premier Gastroenterology Specialists; Thomas Heck, MD, Gem City Surgical Breast Cancer Center

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