Men can get breast cancer too

This website is for men with breast cancer, their families and friends and anyone else who would like to know more about breast cancer in men.

It may come as a surprise to know that men can develop breast cancer. While breast cancer is uncommon in men, it's important for men who find a change in their breasts not to let embarrassment or uncertainty prevent them from seeing their doctor without delay. Early detection and treatment are the best way to survive the disease.

The resource, Understanding breast cancer in men was developed to provide information about breast cancer in men, address gaps in information about the disease and provide specific information to help men deal with their experience.

Many people do not realise that men can develop breast cancer. Both men and women have breast tissue. Men have much less breast tissue than women. Most of the breast tissue in men is located behind the nipple.  Breast cancer is uncommon in men, accounting for less than 1% of all breast cancers. In 20121, there were 116 men diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia.

“I had quite a few men say to me ‘that’s a woman’s disease’ and I had to say, no it’s not, you could get it too”.