Male Breast Cancer

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Pink Ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Quick GuideSigns of Cancer in Men: Symptoms and Images

Signs of Cancer in Men: Symptoms and Images

What is the outcome (prognosis) of male breast cancer?

The prognosis of a patient with male breast cancer is considered similarly to breast cancer in a woman. As in women, the size and extent (stage) of tumor are the most important factors in the prognosis for male breast cancer. Overall survival rates for each tumor stage are similar for men and women. Since men have less breast tissue than women, it is more common for breast cancers in men to have spread beyond the breast when they are identified, resulting in a more advanced tumor stage at diagnosis.

Disease-specific five-year survival rates (meaning the percentage of patients who do not die of the disease for at least five years following diagnosis) reported for male breast cancer by stage are as follows:

  • Stage 0 - 100%
  • Stage I - 100%
  • Stage II - 91%
  • Stage III - 72%
  • Stage IV - 20%

These survival rates were calculated using historical data, and it is likely that current treatments will lead to even greater survival rates for those recently diagnosed.

Medically reviewed by Jay B. Zatzkin, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Medical Oncology

REFERENCES:

The American Cancer Society

United States. "Breast Cancer." National Cancer Institute, U.S. National Institutes of Health. <http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/breast>.

United States. "Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results." National Cancer Institute, U.S. National Institutes of Health. <http://www.seer.cancer.gov>.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/25/2016

Subscribe to MedicineNet's Cancer Report Newsletter

By clicking Submit, I agree to the MedicineNet's Terms & Conditions & Privacy Policy and understand that I may opt out of MedicineNet's subscriptions at any time.

VIEW PATIENT COMMENTS
  • Male Breast Cancer - Symptoms

    What were the symptoms of your breast cancer (in men)?

    Post View 7 Comments
  • Male Breast Cancer - Treatment

    What was the treatment for your male breast cancer?

    Post View 2 Comments
  • Male Breast Cancer - Experience

    Please share your experience with male breast cancer.

    Post View 2 Comments
  • Male Breast Cancer - Diagnosis

    Please describe the events that led to a diagnosis of male breast cancer.

    Post View 2 Comments

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors