Incidence of male breast cancer in Scotland over a twenty-five-year period (1992 - 2017)

Robyn Reddington, Morgan Galer, Amanda Hagedorn, Peng Liu, Sophie Barrack, Ehab Husain, Ravi Sharma, Valerie Speirs*, Yazan Masannat*

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Male breast cancer (MBC) accounts for around 1% of all breast cancers diagnosed. There are inconsistent reports on the incidence of MBC which some propose may be rising. Here, for the first time, the incidence of MBC in Scotland over 25 years from 1992 to 2017 was examined through interrogating the Information Services Division Scotland database. Results showed MBC incidence rose with age, peaking in the 65-70 and 75-79 age groups. Both the total number and the age-adjusted incidence of MBC increased in Scotland since 1992. This rising trend was most clear in the North of Scotland. Interestingly a higher MBC incidence in some rural areas was also observed. Our findings emphasise the need for a better understanding of MBC risk factors so that improved prevention policies can be applied for patient benefit. (C) 2020 Elsevier Ltd, BASO similar to The Association for Cancer Surgery, and the European Society of Surgical Oncology. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1546-1550
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Surgical Oncology
Issue number8
Early online date8 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020

Bibliographical note

This work was supported by the University of Aberdeen Development Trust. AH and MG participated in the Arcadia Aberdeen STEM Summer Research Programme 2019.


  • breast cancer
  • men
  • Scotland
  • rurality
  • urbanicity
  • Prevalence
  • Urbanicity
  • Male breast cancer
  • Epidemiology
  • Incidence
  • Rurality


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