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Breast Cancer in Men: Not Just a Woman’s Thing, Men Get It Too

Breast Cancer in Men: Not Just a Woman’s Thing, Men Get It Too

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Breast cancer is most often associated with women, but the truth is that men can also get it. Continue reading to learn more about how breast cancer affects men, as well as what you can do to reduce your risk of developing it.

Causes of Breast Cancer in Men

Gynecomastia is the name for an increased amount of male breast tissue, and it can be caused by hormone treatments, drugs, and some poisons and infections. It is the most common breast disorder in men. You can sometimes see and feel gynecomastia under the nipple, as it will appear like a disk or button. Although this is usually a benign condition that can be resolved with the help of gynecomastia exercises, it can sometimes develop because of tumors or other diseases that are affecting the endocrine glands and causing the body to produce greater amounts of estrogen.

Other causes of breast cancer in men include a history of being exposed to radiation, particularly in the chest, estrogen supplementation, and having a close female relative who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Klinefelter’s Syndrome is a rare genetic condition that will also increase your risk of getting male breast cancer, and if diagnosed with cirrhosis this will increase your risk as well. Having an undescended testicle, suffering from a testicular injury, or having a disease of the testicles can also increase your risk.

Symptoms of Breast Cancer in Men

The symptoms that are associated with breast cancer in men are very similar to the symptoms of breast cancer in women. The problem is that most cases are diagnosed later in the disease because men will delay seeing a doctor until severe symptoms, such as bleeding from the nipples, have occurred.

Symptoms include feeling a lump in the chest or in the underarm area, feeling tenderness or pain in the chest, having swelling in the underarm, having an indentation in the chest, seeing a change in the skin of the chest, having an unusual discharge from a nipple, and noting a change in the appearance of a nipple.

Treatments for Male Breast Cancer

When a man is diagnosed with breast cancer, the same treatments utilized for women are offered. These include surgery to remove the tumor, as well as chemotherapy and/or radiation to kill off any cancer cells. Hormone therapy and biological therapy are a couple of other options that are available, and more advancements in treatment are occurring every year.

Male breast cancer responds better to hormone therapy, in particular, compared to female breast cancer. This is because roughly 90% of the breast cancers in men will exhibit hormone receptors. Therefore, the right hormone therapy can target cancer and shrink it effectively.   

It is important to know that breast cancer does occur in men. Whether you are a man who wants to reduce his risk by leading a healthy lifestyle or you are a woman who cares about the men in her life, being aware of the causes, risks, and symptoms will empower you to take care of your health and the health of your loved ones.


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I've noticed, for sometime now, that my nipples are quite puffy nipples, am I just retaining excess fat or do I have gyno?

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