While it may be rare in New York and across the U.S., some men are at risk for getting breast cancer. In fact, both men and women have the identical risk factors, which include age and the presence of genetic mutations. The National Cancer Institute states that men who are between the ages of 60 and 70 are more likely to develop the disease. Also, men who have a history of the disease in their family have an increased chance of getting breast cancer.
The symptoms of breast cancer are the same for both men and women. They include a peculiar mass in the breast area, differences in the condition of the skin and discharge from the nipples. Without early detection, the cancer could spread to the lymph nodes.
A diagnosis of breast cancer can cause many men to feel isolated. Due to the strong association between breast cancer and women, men with the condition could have issues psychosocially and psychologically.
The United States Preventive Services Task Force suggests that women have mammography screenings every two years beginning at the age of 50 and ending at the age of 74. However, there are no measures in place for men to receive early screenings.
Individuals who believe that they have been victim to medical malpractice in any form may have cause to seek financial damages. A personal injury attorney could engage in litigation if a worsened condition, the spread of a disease or a delayed treatment resulted from a delayed diagnosis, misread test results or any other types of negligent medical care.