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Credit: David Jay/The Scar Project

Credit: David Jay/The Scar Project

The SCAR Project

A?photographic exhibition?is, for the first time, putting the spotlight on?Male Breast Cancer.

The initiative is in collaboration with?The Scar Project, a campaign to raise awareness of female mastectomy. It aims to shed light on the consequences, especially the physical ones, of a disease that doesn?t affect just women.

For his latest installation of the SCAR Project, photographer?David Jay?has turned his lens toward Male breast cancer survivors.

The SCAR Project‘s mission is to put an “unflinching face” on the reality of early-onset cancer.

For?The SCAR Project: Men, Jay has brought attention to male breast cancer, a disease that affects approximately 2,240 men a year in the U.S., according to 2013 statistics from the National Cancer Institute.

?And while rare, a 2012 study suggests that breast cancer is?more deadly in men?than women, due to diagnosis later in life and more advanced tumors at the time of diagnosis.

About 1 percent of all breast cancers are in men. That means that each year, in New Zealand, about 20 men are diagnosed with breast cancer.

?Most of the research in breast cancer relates to women, and therefore, treatment is mostly based on what is used for women. However, there is ongoing research in the best way to treat breast cancer in men.

Because men rarely get breast cancer, those who do, often don’t survive as long as women, this is largely because they don’t even realize they can get it and are slow to recognize the warning signs, researchers say.

The biggest study yet of breast cancer in males found that on average, women with breast cancer lived two years longer than men with the disease.

Men’s breast tumors were larger at diagnosis, more advanced, and more likely to have spread to other parts of the body, the study found. Men were also diagnosed later in life – in the study, they were 63 on average, versus 59 for women.

Why do men fare worse when it comes to breast cancer? Most men have no idea that they can get breast cancer – and some doctors are in the dark, too, dismissing symptoms that would be an automatic red flag in women.