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Breast cancer in HIV-positive men; how common is it?
Nov 28, 2002

Dear Bruce, Is male breast cancer common in AIDS patients? Thanks

Response from Dr. Dezube

Breast cancer in HIV-positive men is exceedingly RARE. The vast majority of HIV-positive men who have breast masses do NOT have male breast cancer. Nevertheless, it is important to have these breast masses evaluated. The majority of these masses will be simply growth of the breast tissue related to either HIV, the HIV drugs, or other medical conditions. However, some HIV-positive patients may develop lymphoma which can present as a breast mass on rare occasions.


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