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Breast cancer in men is rare; however, it does happen. According to recent online article researchers reported that they have isolated another genetic variation that could be connected to male breast cancer. Male breast cancer kills several hundred men in the United States every year. The finding won’t immediately lead to any improvements in treatment for the disease. Still, “by finding more male breast cancer genes, we can understand more about the biology of the disease and, as a result, get a better understanding of how best to treat male breast cancer,” said study author Dr. Nick Orr, a team leader at the Institute of Cancer Research in London. “We hope these findings will also help us to learn more about how the disease works in women, too.” Male breast cancer is approximately hundred times less common than female breast cancer according to the American Cancer Society. It is estimated this year that breast cancer will be diagnosed in approximately 2,190 and United States and will actually kill about 410 men. Although the prognosis for men is similar to that for women much less is known about the disease in men. A study that was released last year discovered that men are diagnosed on average at an older age (70) than women (62). The new study examines the DNA of 123 men diagnosed with breast cancer contrasted with 2795 similar men who were breast cancer free. By analyzing the genes of 438 men with the disease and 474 similarly situated men without the disease, the team discovered a variation in a gene known as RAD51B. This gene was found in 20% of men with breast cancer but only 15% of those without it. The gene is also known to be associated with female breast cancer. For now, the findings are useful in terms of understanding the disease, said Dr. Mikael Hartman, an assistant professor at National University of Singapore. “The ultimate goal is prevention, but that is a long way ahead. Thus, any preventive treatment will have to wait.” While understanding the implication of DNA and what it means to the development of breast cancer in men is inconclusive, men should be aware of one risk factor for developing breast cancer in men. Excessive male breast tissue ;something men rarely talk about. While it is embarrassing and considered largely cosmetic, gynecomastia could put men at some degree of risk for developing breast cancer. The reality is one of the largest connections to breast cancer is the presence of breast tissue. Gynecomastia is male breast tissue that is excessive. Dr. Seify performs gynecomastia surgery which removes male breast tissue as well as the fat associated with it. It is rare that insurance companies will pay for the procedure; however men who invest in having the procedure performed are extremely satisfied with the results from both a health perspective as well as aesthetically. It is not guaranteed that the removal of male breast tissue will prevent a man from developing breast cancer as there is breast tissue that remains. Men who have excessive breast tissue are encouraged to contact Dr. Seify and schedule a consultation to discover their options for having gynecomastia surgery to remove the excess tissue.