Comic book giant Marvel has partnered with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to raise awareness for an issue that gets less coverage during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, male breast cancer. In addition to special, pink-themed collectable covers, Marvel has produced a one-page advertorial alerting readers to the signs and risks associated with male breast cancer.
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The one-page advertorial, which will be included in select print versions of Marvel comics and online through their various official social media accounts, features several beloved Marvel characters talking about male breast cancer in a comic-style format.
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While the majority of breast cancer victims are women, 1.2 out of every 100,000 men will develop breast cancer, according to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
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In 2012, there will be an estimated 2,190 new cases of male breast cancer with 410 male breast cancer deaths.
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Age is a risk factor in male breast cancer. Most male breast cancer victims are between 65 and 75.
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Heavy alcohol use, chronic liver disease and obesity may also increase the risk of male breast cancer. Some hormone drugs used to treat prostate cancer and exposure to radiation can also increase the likelihood of developing the disease.
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Just like women, men who have a mutation in the BRCA2 gene have an increased risk of breast cancer. These men have a seven percent chance of developing breast cancer by the age of 70 and are at increased risk for other cancers, like prostate cancer.
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Survival rates for men with breast cancer are similar to women. However, because they are less likely to report their symptoms early, the disease is often in a later stage when it is diagnosed in men.
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