Breast cancer in men is rare. Around men are diagnosed with the disease each year in the UK compared with over 55, women. Around 80 men die from breast cancer in the UK every year. Most breast tissue in men is concentrated in the area directly behind the nipple and the surrounding pigmented area, called the areola. Most — though not all — breast cancers in men appear near the nipple as firm lumps.
Signs and symptoms of breast cancer in men
Breast Cancer in Men: Treatments and Genetic Counseling | FDA
Gynecomastia, the benign enlargement of male breast tissue, is a common occurrence in adolescents as well as in middle-aged and older men. While there are several reasons why men develop breast tissue, it is usually not a health concern, often resolves on its own, and is generally treatable, according to a clinical practice article appearing in the September 20 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine NEJM. The clinical practice article, a regular NEJM feature that focuses on a case history highlighting a common clinical problem, was authored by Glenn D. Braunstein, M.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Despite the introduction of various treatment strategies, breast cancer still poses a threat to human life 2. Male breast cancer is a rare malignancy with somewhat similar clinical features to breast cancer in females 3. Biological properties of male breast cancer are reported to be mostly similar to postmenopausal women 4. The occurrence of breast cancer exerts several negative impacts on men similar to women including psychological changes such as body image disruption, increased nervousness, and depression 5. Studies have devoted relatively scant attention to male breast cancer compared with breast cancer in women.
Men who have suspicious physical findings or any persistent signs and symptoms should make an appointment to see their health care provider. If deemed appropriate, your health care provider may refer you to the Carol Milgard Breast Center for a diagnostic mammogram. Don't delay the possibility of an early diagnosis.