Current Oncology Reports

, 18:1 | Cite as

The Epidemiology of Male Breast Cancer

  • Raina M. Ferzoco
  • Kathryn J. RuddyEmail author
Breast Cancer (B Overmoyer, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Breast Cancer


Male breast cancer is a rare disease, accounting for only 1 % of breast cancer diagnoses in the USA. The current literature suggests that genetic factors including BRCA2 mutations, family history, age, androgen/estrogen imbalance, and environmental exposures may predispose to male breast cancer. In this manuscript, we will review known and possible risk factors for male breast cancer, as well as describe the clinical patterns of the disease.


Breast neoplasms Male Epidemiology Risk factors 


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Raina M. Ferzoco and Kathryn J. Ruddy declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


This publication was made possible by CTSA grant numbers UL1 TR000135 and KL2TR000136-09 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official view of NIH.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of OncologyMayo ClinicRochesterUSA

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