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March 1973

Carcinoma of the Male BreastA 30-Year Review of 28 Cases

Author Affiliations

Columbia, Mo
From the departments of surgery (Dr. Donegan) and pathology (Dr. Perez-Mesa), Ellis Fischel State Cancer Hospital; and Cancer Research Center, Columbia, Mo. Dr. Donegan is an Associate Scientist, and Dr. Perez-Mesa is a Senior Scientist at this institution.

Arch Surg. 1973;106(3):273-279. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350150013005

Twenty-seven cases of histologically proven carcinoma of the male breast were reviewed and compared with 2,387 cases of mammary carcinoma in women.

Men were significantly older than women at the time of diagnosis and more often reported trauma to the breast. They also had a higher incidence of local advancement which was not associated with a longer delay in seeking treatment.

No sex specific difference in survival was found when relative survival was determined for all cases from the first sign of disease, and men appeared to be no less curable than women when treated with radical mastectomy for comparable stages of the disease.

Men with advanced disease frequently benefited by hormone and endocrine manipulation and one had an unprecedented response to androgen therapy.