Obesity and male breast cancer: provocative parallels?

Matthew P Humphries, V Craig Jordan, Valerie Speirs

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While rare compared to female breast cancer the incidence of male breast cancer (MBC) has increased in the last few decades. Without comprehensive epidemiological studies, the explanation for the increased incidence of MBC can only be speculated. Nevertheless, one of the most worrying global public health issues is the exponential rise in the number of overweight and obese people, especially in the developed world. Although obesity is not considered an established risk factor for MBC, studies have shown increased incidence among obese individuals. With this observation in mind, this article highlights the correlation between the increased incidence of MBC and the current trends in obesity as a growing problem in the 21(st) century, including how this may impact treatment. With MBC becoming more prominent we put forward the notion that, not only is obesity a risk factor for MBC, but that increasing obesity trends are a contributing factor to its increased incidence.

Original languageEnglish
Article number134
JournalBMC medicine
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2015

Bibliographical note

Our Male Breast Cancer Programme is supported by Yorkshire Cancer Research, Breast Cancer Campaign, and The Breast Cancer Research Trust.


  • Breast Neoplasms, Male
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Obesity
  • Risk Factors
  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't


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