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Breast Cancer in Men

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about breast cancer?

Breast cancer in men usually starts in a duct. You may feel uncomfortable about talking to your healthcare provider if you notice changes or problems in your breasts. It is important to have changes and problems checked. Breast cancer is less common in men than in women, but men can get breast cancer. Breast cancer found early is easier to treat.

What increases my risk for breast cancer?

What are the signs and symptoms of breast cancer?

Male Breast Cancer Signs and Symptoms

How is breast cancer diagnosed?

Tell your healthcare provider if you have a family history of cancer, especially breast, ovarian, or prostate cancer. Also tell your provider about any medical conditions you have or medicines you are currently taking. Your provider will examine your breasts and feel for lumps, dimpled, red, or peeling skin, or problems with either nipple. You may also need the following tests:

How is breast cancer treated?

Treatment depends on the size of the tumor and if it has spread. Treatment also depends on your age and the type of breast cancer you have. Some types grow more slowly than others. Your healthcare provider will talk to you about the benefits and risks of treatments that might be right for you. Your provider will help you decide on treatment that best fits your needs and goals:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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What can I do to manage breast cancer?

Call your local emergency department (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor or oncologist?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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