Researchers are unclear of the reason for the difference in mortality rate between men and women, though it is clear that there are biological differences between the sexes that cause this difference. The fact that breast cancer is so rare in men, however, has resulted in limited research in the area.
Whether a man or a woman, the symptoms of breast cancer remain the same. These include:
- One breast that is larger than the other
- Swelling in the breast
- Pink or red skin
- Rashes in small patches or covering the entire breast
- Skin on the breast feels hot to the touch
- The breast feels painful or itchy
- The skin develops an orange-like texture
- Unexplained nipple discharge
- Thickened areas develop on the breast
- Nipples appear flattened or inverted
- Swollen lymph nodes on the neck or the armpit
It is important for a person – man or woman – to consult with a physician if experiencing any of these symptoms. As with any form of cancer, the earlier treatment is received, the better the chances of survival.