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Breast Cancer: Males

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department (a) has commissioned and (b) has evaluated on male breast cancer in each of the last 10 years; what research on the subject it plans to commission; and if he will make a statement. (283719)

The Department has not directly commissioned research on male breast cancer, and has no plans to do so.

Over the last 10 years, the main part of the Department's total expenditure on health research has been devolved to and managed by national health service organisations. Details of individual NHS supported research projects undertaken during that time, including some concerned with male breast cancer, are available on the archived national research register at:

The Medical Research Council is one of the main agencies through which the Government support biomedical research. The MRC is an independent body funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The MRC supports a broad portfolio of research on breast cancer. While this research is mainly related to female breast cancer, much of it will also be relevant to male breast cancer, as symptoms, diagnosis and treatment are similar in men and women.