Breast Cancer Is Rare In Men, But They Fare Worse

Posted Friday, May 4, 2012 --- 1:35 p.m.

CHICAGO (AP) -- Men rarely get breast cancer but new research says when they do, they often don't fare as well as women.

The findings come in the largest study yet on a male breast cancer -- a disease many men have no idea they can get.

The study found women live on average about two years longer after diagnosis than men. For men, the average survival was about eight years versus more than 10 years for women.

Men tend to be older when diagnosed, and their cancer more advanced than women with breast cancer.

Oakland, Calif. breast surgeon Jon Greif led the study. He's presenting his findings today at a medical meeting in Phoenix.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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