Breast cancer is typically thought of as a disease that affects women, but it can also occur in men. While breast cancer in men is rare, it is still important for men to be aware of the potential risks and symptoms. One imaging technique that can be used to detect breast cancer in both women and men is contrast-enhanced mammography (CEM). In this article, we will discuss whether CEM can detect breast cancer in men.
CEM works by injecting a contrast agent into the bloodstream, which then travels to the breast tissue. The contrast agent highlights areas of the breast that have increased blood flow, potentially making cancerous tumors easier to detect. While CEM is more commonly used in women, it can also be used in men to help detect breast cancer.
The American Cancer Society recommends that men who are at an increased risk of developing breast cancer, such as those with a family history of the disease or those with a genetic mutation that increases the risk, should consider getting regular breast cancer screenings. These screenings may include mammography, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). CEM is also a screening option for men who are at an increased risk of developing breast cancer.
It is important to note that breast cancer in men is rare, and CEM is not typically recommended as a routine screening tool for men who are not at an increased risk. However, if a man does have symptoms or is at an increased risk of developing breast cancer, CEM can be a valuable tool for detecting the disease.
In conclusion, contrast-enhanced mammography can be used to detect breast cancer in men, especially those who are at an increased risk of developing the disease. While breast cancer in men is rare, it is important for men to be aware of the potential risks and symptoms, and to talk to their healthcare provider about appropriate screening options. CEM, along with other imaging techniques, can be used to help detect breast cancer in men and improve the chances of successful treatment.