Male Breast Cancer

Health Wire

We are headed into the month of October or what has become “Pink-tober”; recognition and awareness of breast cancer. Of all the cancers, breast cancer may be the one to get the most press. Even professional football players wear pink athletic shoes in the month of October to show support for the dreaded disease. However, many people, probably including some of those aforementioned professional athletes, don’t realize that breast cancer isn’t just a woman’s disease. Men have breast tissue too, thus they are susceptible to
developing the cancer. The disease is most common in older men, but younger men can be diagnosed with breast cancer as well. The disease might be even deadlier in men since they tend not to check their
breasts routinely and may miss out on warning signs such as a lump in the breast tissue. Sometimes a breast cancer can spread to lymph nodes under the arm and cause a lump or swelling there, even before the original tumor in the breast tissue is large enough to be felt. Lumps in the breast aren’t always caused by cancer. For example, most breast lumps in men are caused by gynecomastia, a harmless enlargement of breast tissue. Still, if you notice any breast changes, you should see your health care professional as soon as possible. Men should see the doctor for any thickening, lumps, or changes in the appearance or skin texture, of the breast tissue/nipples.