Options for men at increased risk

Faults in certain genes – such as BRCA1 and BRCA2 – are known to increase the risk of men developing breast cancer.

Of every 100 men with a fault in BRCA2, about 5 to 10 will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. This risk is lower than the average woman in the UK.

The risk with BRCA1 is smaller, with about one in every 100 men who carry the genetic fault developing breast cancer.

If you have been found to have a faulty BRCA gene, your genetics specialist can explain what this means for your chances of developing breast cancer, and what you can do to manage your risk.

Risk-reducing surgery, risk-reducing drugs and breast screening are not options for men. However, there may be changes you can make to your lifestyle that could help reduce your risk. You should also be aware of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.

Men with BRCA1 or BRCA2 faults may also be at increased risk of prostate cancer, so it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of that too.

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