The information on this page will help you understand more about breast cancer in men including how it is diagnosed, treatment options and suggestions to help you cope with the disease. We recommend that you read this along with our booklet Understanding Cancer of the Breast. Although this booklet is written for women, most of the information also applies to men.
Male breast cancer is a rare cancer that forms in the breast tissue of men. Though breast cancer is most commonly thought of as a disease that affects women, breast cancer does occur in men. Men diagnosed with male breast cancer at an early stage have a good chance for a cure.
If there is a chance you have breast cancer, your doctor will want to get a complete personal and family medical history. This may give some clues about the cause of any symptoms you are having and if you might be at increased risk for breast cancer. A complete breast exam will be done to find any lumps or suspicious areas and to feel their texture, size, and relationship to the skin and muscle.
Skip to Content. Use the menu to see other pages. Doctors use many tests to find, or diagnose, cancer.
You've probably heard that women should perform self-breast exams, but did you know that men can do self-breast exams as well? While not talked about as often, male breast cancer happens. In fact, men with breast cancer tend to be diagnosed when they are in more advanced stages of the disease than women.
Are you between the ages of 10 and 25 and have swelling under the nipple? Gynecomastia is usually benign and lasts for a few months. Is the nipple red, sore, cracked or blistered?
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Removing a sample of breast cells for testing biopsy. A biopsy is the only definitive way to make a diagnosis of breast cancer. During a biopsy, your doctor uses a specialized needle device guided by X-ray or another imaging test to extract a core of tissue from the suspicious area. Biopsy samples are sent to a laboratory for analysis where experts determine whether the cells are cancerous.