Medindia
Advertisement

Female Hormone Estrogen Has a Big Role to Play in Male Breast Cancer

by Bidita Debnath on May 13, 2015 at 3:21 AM

Female Hormone Estrogen Has a Big Role to Play in Male Breast Cancer
Men too can get breast cancer and those with naturally high levels of the female hormone estrogen may be at a greater risk, shows a new study.

Men with the highest levels of estrogen were two-and-a-half times more likely to develop breast cancer than men with the lowest levels of the hormone, the researchers found.
Advertisement

"We have shown for the first time that just like some forms of the cancer in women, estrogen has a big role to play in male breast cancer," said study author professor Tim Key from Cancer Research UK.

"So now the challenge is to find out exactly what this hormone is doing to trigger this rare form of the disease in men, and why some men have higher levels of estrogen in their blood. Our discovery is a crucial step forward in understanding the factors behind male breast cancer," he noted.
Advertisement

The research at the National Cancer Institute in the United States was part of an international collaboration between Cancer Research UK, the National Cancer Institute and others.

The researchers compared estrogen levels in 101 men who went on to develop breast cancer with 217 healthy men. Although rare, the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of male breast cancer are very similar to breast cancer in women. The main risk of developing the disease in men is age and almost eight in 10 cases are diagnosed in those aged 60 and older.

"This early research is crucial in understanding why these men get breast cancer -- so that one day we can treat it more effectively," Julie Sharp, head of health information at Cancer Research UK, noted.

The findings were detailed in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Source: IANS
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
'Hybrid Immunity' may Help Elude COVID-19 Pandemic
Stroop Effect
Plant-Based Diet may Reduce the Risk of COVID-19
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Women and Cancer Breast Biopsy Pagets disease of the breast Mastitis Cancer and Homeopathy Oophorectomy Breast Cancer Facts Cancer Facts Cancer Tattoos A Body Art 

Recommended Reading
Lack of Estrogen-related Receptor Alpha Gene Linked to Obsession With Size Zero
Researchers reveal that loss of this gene leads to several behavioral abnormalities that resemble .....
Severe Allergic Reactions can be Aggravated by Estrogen
Allergic reactions can be worsened by Estradiol, a type of estrogen, claim scientists....
Researchers Identify Estrogen's Role in Regulating Health Disease Risks
What is that thing which makes some women more susceptible to heart disease than others?...
New Role for Estrogen in the Pathology of Breast Cancer Discovered
Mechanism by which estrogen prepares cells to divide, grow and, in the case of estrogen-positive ......
Breast Biopsy
Breast biopsy involves removing a sample of breast tissue to determine whether it is cancerous or .....
Mastitis
Mastitis is a common cause of tenderness, swelling and pain in breast, owing to inflammation in the ...
Pagets disease of the breast
A detailed description of the Paget's disease of the breast, characteristic signs and symptoms, dete...
Tattoos A Body Art
Tattoos are a rage among college students who sport it for the ‘cool dude’ or ‘cool babe’ look...
Women and Cancer
Cancer is one of the frequently talked about and most feared disease that falls under the genre of l...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use