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Breast Cancer Symptoms

What are the symptoms of male breast cancer?

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  • Male breast cancer symptoms can be similar to those experienced by women and may include:
    • Lumps in the breast, usually painless.
    • Thickening of the breast.
    • Changes to the nipple or breast skin, such as dimpling, puckering or redness.
    • Discharge of fluid from the nipples.
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  • The most common symptoms of breast cancer in men may include breast lumps, nipple inversion, nipple discharge (sometimes bloody), a pain or pulling sensation in the breast, skin or nipple changes, such as dimpling, puckering, redness or scaling.

    Male breast cancer can be similar to breast cancer in women in that there can be the lymph node involvement and the way the cancer may spread. The staging system for breast cancer is the same in men and women. Tumor size and the presence/absence of lymph node involvement are the most significant factors for prognosis. Overall survival is similar to that of women with breast cancer although there is an impression that male breast cancer has a worse prognosis most likely because there is a tendency toward diagnosis at a later stage.

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  • APenn Medicine answered

    In men, the most common symptoms of breast cancer are a change in the look or feel of the breast, a change in the look or feel of the nipple and nipple discharge. Possible signs of breast cancer to watch for in men include:

    • A lump or swelling, which is usually (but not always) painless
    • Skin dimpling or puckering
    • Nipple retraction (turning inward)
    • Redness or scaling of the nipple or breast skin
    • Discharge from the nipple

    These changes aren't always caused by cancer. For example, most breast lumps in men are due to gynecomastia (a harmless enlargement of breast tissue). Any breast changes are a reason to speak to your physician.

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  • ABrian McKinley, MD, Oncologic Surgery, answered on behalf of Greenville Health System

    The symptoms of male breast cancer are the same as the symptoms for breast cancer that develops in women.

    Any new lump, area of pain, changes in the skin of the breast or chest wall, nipple discharge or inversion (turning in of the nipple), or lumps under the arm or above the collarbone can be symptoms of breast cancer. If a man notices any of these symptoms, he should alert his doctor so that a thorough evaluation can be performed.

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