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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 521-526

Male breast cancer: A 10-year experience of a tertiary care center in North India

1 Department of Radiotherapy, Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
2 Department of Medical Oncology, Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India

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Asifa Andleeb
Room No. 229, Department of Radiotherapy, Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
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DOI: 10.4103/2278-0513.200115

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Background: Male breast cancer (MBC) is a rare disease and accounts for ∼1% of all cancers in men. Poor level of awareness often results in late presentation and delayed diagnosis. An increased incidence is seen in recent years. However, Indian literature is scant and we hereby present our data analyzed from a tertiary care center in North India. Aim: This study was done to analyze the demographic data, tumor characteristics, and management of MBC in Indian subset of patients and compare it with the literature available. Study and Design: This was a retrospective study from a tertiary care center. Materials and Methods: Data were collected from review of records of all male patients of carcinoma breast over a period of 10 years, i.e., from January 2005 to December 2015, who followed at our Institute. Results: During the study period, 53 cases of MBC were encountered; with ages of patients ranged from 35 to 80 years and a mean age of 60 years. As risk factor; 17 (32%) patients had sedentary life, six (11.3%) patients were obese, and four (7.5%) patients had positive family history. Breast lump was most common presenting symptoms seen in 39 (73.6%) patients. Within each breast, tumor was localized most commonly in central region (43.3%), followed by upper outer quadrant (32%). Stage I, II, III, and IV disease were encountered in 7.5%, 28.2%, 52.7%, and 11.3% of patients, respectively. Follow-up ranged from 1 to 144 months, with a median of 24 months. Conclusion: Male breast carcinoma is a disease of elderly people. Most of the patients presented late and in advanced stage of disease. Bone is the most common site of metastases.

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