Breast cancer in men is rare, but it does happen. About one percent of all breast cancers diagnosed in the U.S. every year are found in men.*

Breast cancer screening, though, is only recommended for some men at higher risk due to an inherited gene mutation or a strong family history of breast cancer.

For these men, screening may increase the chances breast cancer is found early, when chances of survival are highest.

Some men may have a higher risk of breast cancer, including those with:

  • BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation (or a first-degree relative with a mutation)
  • Strong family history of breast cancer, such as a mother and/or sister diagnosed at age 40 or younger

If you think you may be at higher risk for developing breast cancer, speak with a medical provider to determine if screening for breast cancer is appropriate. If you need assistance in finding a health care provider, please consider the following:

  • If you have insurance, contact your insurance plan for information about how to find a primary care provider who is accepting new patients and is an in-network provider
  • If you do not have insurance, Komen Colorado has a list of primary care providers that have received grants from the organization to help offset the costs for mammograms and diagnostic tests; you can find a provider close to you on this page.

Men at higher risk of developing breast cancer should be aware of the warning signs of breast cancer, as they present the same in women and men.

Learn more about breast cancer in men.

* American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures 2017. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society, 2017.