Breast cancer is about 100 times less common among men than among women. For men, the lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000. The number of breast cancer cases in men relative to the population has been fairly stable over the last 30 years. Breast cancer in men is usually detected as a hard lump underneath the nipple and areola. Men carry a higher mortality than women do, primarily because awareness among men is less and they are less likely to assume a lump is breast cancer, which can cause a delay in seeking treatment. A man diagnosed with breast cancer should consider seeing a genetics counselor for a consultation. If a man tests positive for a defective gene that can lead to a future diagnosis of breast cancer and his children have a 50% chance of carrying the gene. Aging is an important risk factor for the development of breast cancer in men. The risk of breast cancer goes up as a manages. On average, men with breast cancer are about 68 years old when they are diagnosed.