Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive way for a doctor to examine the inside of your body. High-resolution images are produced that can then be used for medical diagnosis at diagnostic imaging centers. The machine can also be used to produce 3D images that can be viewed from different angles. The most common use of an MRI machine is to look at the brain and spinal cord, but it's also used to view the heart, liver, kidneys, uterus, and other organs to check for abnormalities. An MRI machine can also offer valuable information about breast conditions in both men and women that cannot be seen with other imaging techniques such as mammography or ultrasound.
However, breast cancer is generally thought of as a women's disease, as about one in eight women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer. While it is most prevalent in women, it can develop in men as well. The average man's lifetime risk of breast cancer is about one in 1,000. Unfortunately, breast cancer often goes undetected in men, posing a real risk to their health.
Men don't have breasts. Why do they get breast cancer?
Men actually do have a small amount of breast tissue, similar to a prepubescent girl. In females, the tissue grows, while in males it does not develop any further.
Which men are at risk for breast cancer?
Men under the age of 35 are unlikely to develop breast cancer; however, the risk does increase with age. Those with a family history of breast cancer are at a higher risk, as are men taking estrogen and men who have a history of radiation exposure to the chest. Severe liver disease, Klinefelter's syndrome, and diseases of the testicles are also factors that may put a man at risk of developing breast cancer.
What symptoms indicate breast cancer in men?
The same treatments that are used in treating breast cancer in women are also used for men. This may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and hormone therapy. Men actually respond much better to hormone therapy than women do.