Breast Cancer Awareness months comes every October and I am never sure how to address this topic. My father-in-law died of breast cancer 14 years ago. Yes -FATHER-in-law. There are no recommendations for screening for breast cancer screening in men outside of examining/awareness of male breast tissue. 99% of all breast cancers are in women. When male breast cancer is diagnosed it is typically further along. Denial or unawareness of the fact that men can get breast cancer, and there being less tissue between breast tissue and the chest wall are two of the big reasons. Symptoms of male breast cancer are similar to female breast cancer – a lump, inversion of the nipple, a lump in the arm pit, discoloration of skin around the nipple, nipple pain or discharge. If a man does find a change in his breast it is important to go have the area examined. The next step would frequently be to order a mammogram or an ultrasound. If the testing doesn’t show anything and there is a lump – consultation with a breast doctor would be a good next step. There isn’t as much literature about male breast cancer as female – Protect the Pecs and the Male Breast Cancer Coalition are trying to help educate the public about it. Education can lead to earlier detection and a better prognosis. Please help “Protect the Pecs.
***Note *** This post, like all my other posts, is for general medical information only and is not to be taken as direct advice. Please consult your personal physician for more information.