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Male Breast Self Exam

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is a male breast self-exam (MBSE)?

An MBSE is a way to check your breasts for lumps and other changes. Breast cancer and other breast problems are more common in women but can occur in men. Your risk is increased if you have a family member with breast cancer or are taking certain medicines. Regular BSEs can help you know how your breasts normally look and feel. Most breast lumps or changes are not cancer, but you should always have them checked by a healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider can also watch you and tell you if you are doing your MBSE correctly.

Why should I do an MBSE?

A lump in your breast may be a sign of breast cancer. An MBSE can help you find cancer early, when it is still small. Breast cancer is easier to treat when it is found early. More commonly, a lump may be a sign of a condition that can be treated, such as a hormone problem.

When should I do an MBSE?

If your risk for breast cancer is high, you may want to do MBSEs regularly, such as each month. This can help you find changes or problems as soon as possible. One easy way to remember is to do the exam on the same day of each month. Talk to your healthcare provider about how often to do MBSEs. He or she may give you a recommendation based on your age and other breast cancer risk factors.

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