Almost any part of the body can develop cancer, and that includes the breast tissue in men. Men even have the lobules, or glands for producing milk, and the ducts for carrying milk to the nipple, though normally they are not functional. Men in Texas who suspect they have breast cancer should know what the most common types are.
As many as 8 out of 10 male breast cancer patients have invasive ductal carcinoma. IDC starts in the milk duct and then spreads to the fatty tissue of the breast. Then, about 1 in 10 men with breast cancer have ductal carcinoma in situ, which begins in the cells that line the milk ducts. It may be non-invasive (“in situ”) or pre-invasive; there is no definitive way to determine when DCIS is one or the other.
Men may also develop Paget’s disease of the nipple as a result of DCIS or IDC. This arises in around 5% of male breast cancer cases, which actually makes it more frequent than among women (1% to 3%).
More often than not, though, men who have a tumor discover that it’s benign and not life-threatening. Gynecomastia, for example, is a common breast disorder among men that’s benign. On the other hand, some breast cancers do not cause a lump to form.
Since breast cancer is so rare in men, it can be easy for doctors to overlook the possibility when diagnosing their male patients. Cancer misdiagnoses are among the most common diagnostic errors, and diagnostic errors, in turn, are a common reason for medical malpractice claims. Those who have been harmed through a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis may want to speak with a lawyer about filing such a claim. The process can be complicated, but the lawyer may handle every step.