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    Unhappy Guys with Gyno = Higher risk of breast cancer? (My mother had it)

    My mother had breast cancer, but thankfully beat it and is alive today... though she was only 35 years old when she had it.. so i think it was genetic not age related..

    I have a small amount of gyno from about 10 years old, just under the nipple which makes my nipple soft, never took any drugs.

    Does this mean i will be at higher risk of breast cancer than men without gyno?

    I have got used to the way it looks but if im at higher risk of cancer because of the breast tissue then i will be worried :/.

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    No your not, do not worry at all. The procedure would be covered under insurance if that was the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mortal View Post
    My mother had breast cancer, but thankfully beat it and is alive today... though she was only 35 years old when she had it.. so i think it was genetic not age related..

    I have a small amount of gyno from about 10 years old, just under the nipple which makes my nipple soft, never took any drugs.

    Does this mean i will be at higher risk of breast cancer than men without gyno?

    I have got used to the way it looks but if im at higher risk of cancer because of the breast tissue then i will be worried :/.
    Bro, what are you waiting for? Do something about that gyno. I'm prone to gyno too.

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    As far as I know there is not a good study to show the correlation between being higher risk to develop breast cancer because your mother had it. Breast cancer in man is extremely rare,but unfortunately we did fine a few man with breast cancer after performing thousands Gynecomastia corrective Surgeries.

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    There is no known relationship between gyno and male breast cancer. If your mom has a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation (5-10% of breast ca has genetic component) it does increase your risk if you got a bad BRCA gene (50/50) . If you transfer it to any of your daughters, she carries the higher risk. Since your mom got premenopausal breast ca, her first order related women (mother,sister, daughter) have a higher risk, not sure about first order male relatives.

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    Default Gyno and breast cancer

    As per Dr. Blau's post, there is no clear relationship between gynecomastia and breast cancer, and indeed, cancers arising in gynecomastia are rare and reportable. I am just in the process of preparing a paper with two case reports, a 57 year-old male and a 32 year-old male, both found to have DCIS (ductal carcinoma in-situ--Non-invasive breast cancer) following cosmetic correction of their gynecomastia. Both had a history of steroid use to account for their condition, and the younger patient has a family history of breast cancer, but did not test positive for the genes. That doesn't mean he doesn't have a genetic predisposition, but rather that it is not BRCA1 or BRCA2. In discussions with breast surgeons and endocrinologists about male breast cancer and steroids, there is a general sense that steroid use could contribute to development of breast cancer in men, just as hormonal stimulation in women contributes to development and progression of breast cancer. Genetic predisposition could further complicate matters, so it might be appropriate to explore the genetic markers in your family. Having not used steroids, this factor wouldn't be an issue for you, and even for steroid users, there is little hard data to provide clarity, especially as male breast cancer is so uncommon as compared to female breast cancer.

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