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Breast Cancer in Men

Since men have breast tissue, they can get breast cancer, but it’s rare. About one percent of all breast cancer cases in the U.S. occur in men. It may sound like a small number, but that’s still more than 2,000 new cases expected each year. Also, more than 400 men in the U.S. are expected to die from breast cancer this year.

Warning signs of breast cancer in men:

Any change in the breast, chest area or nipple can be a warning sign of breast cancer in men, such as:

  • Lump, hard knot or thickening in the breast, chest or underarm area (usually painless, but may be tender)
  • Dimpling, puckering or redness of the skin of the breast
  • Change in the size or shape of the breast
  • Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
  • Pulling in of the nipple (inverted nipple) or other parts of the breast
  • Nipple discharge (rare)

Some men do not know they can get breast cancer. They may not notice a change or not see it as important. Also, they may be embarrassed about a change in their breast or chest area and put off seeing a doctor. This may result in a delay in diagnosis. Survival is highest when breast cancer is found early. If you notice any of the warning signs or other changes in your breast, chest or nipple, see a doctor right away.

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SOURCE: Susan G. Komen Foundation