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Breast cancer among men remains a small risk, but it is a growing one. Between 1973 and 1998, the number of U.S. cases climbed 26%, according to a study of more than 2,500 American men with the disease, published in the online version of Cancer, the American Cancer Society’s journal. Obesity may be the culprit  as it is in women, say researchers, noting that breast cancer has risen for men without the most common reasons for the rise of female breast cancer. Fat tissue produces estrogen, increased levels of which can lead to breast cancer, says Michael Thun, epidemiology chief at the Atlanta-based cancer society.

According to the National Cancer Institute, men with cancer were found to be older, more likely to have later-stage cancers that have spread to the lymph nodes, and more likely to have ductal and papillary cancers. They attribute the age difference to the probable lack of awareness that men can have breast cancer.

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