332 men ere diagnosed with the disease in 2014, but many are not aware of the risks for males
Cases of male breast cancer are on the increase , sparking calls for men to have more frequent checks.
Diagnoses of the deadly disease in men rose to 332 in 2014 from 291 the previous year, figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal .
Statistics for last year have not yet been released but the most recent data shows that the number of sufferers has been rising year-on-year since 2011.
Breast Cancer Care’s chief executive Samia al Qadhi said: “We want to ensure men are checking for signs and symptoms, as they would for well-known male cancers like prostate or testicular.”
Alarmingly, 73 per cent of men fail to do so regularly – despite many knowing that they could develop the illness – according to the charity.
Risk factors for the disease are the same for both sexes but men’s awareness is far lower because male breast cancer is more rare.
Men aged 60-70 are most at risk, which can be increased by hormonal imbalances, obesity, liver disease, high oestrogen levels and other genetic factors.
Signs of the cancer in men include a swelling or lump, including under the arm, nipple discharge or puckering and skin ulcers on the breast.
Men who notice any of these signs are urged to consult their GP.