Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - October kicks off breast cancer awareness month and women most likely come to mind. But men are also susceptible to breast cancer as well.
The number is relatively small - but because men so rarely suspect they're prone - a diagnosis often comes late, making it a particularly deadly cancer.
In 2013 alone, over 2,200 men will be diagnosed and of those, more than 400 will die.
Men should pay particular attention to the following warning signs:
- A lump in or around the breast
- Changes in skin surface or texture
- Nipple discharge
- A dimpling in of the nipple.
There are also risk factors as well, including a family history, certain types of liver disease and genetic links.
If a man carries a BRCA gene mutation, his risk increases for breast, prostate and pancreatic cancers and melanoma as well.
There is a 50 percent chance he'll pass that gene on to a son or daughter.