Male breast cancer: Symptoms, treatments, and causes

Male breast cancer is a relatively rare cancer in men that originates from the breast. Most cases of male breast cancer develop in men who are 65 or over, although cases have been recorded in men aged anywhere from 5 to 93.

The estimated 5-year survival rate for early-stage male breast cancer is almost 100 percent.

For mid-stage male breast cancer, it is 72-91 percent, and for advanced-stage male breast cancer, there is 20 percent chance of survival after 5 years from detection.

A man’s lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000 thousand.

Fast facts on male breast cancer:

It is a rare form of cancer.

Mutated genes have been linked to an increase risk of male breast cancer.

A lump in the breast is the most common symptom.

1 in 5 men who develop breast cancer, have a first-degree male relative, such as a father, or brother, who also has a history of breast cancer.

What are the symptoms of male breast cancer?

Man touching the top of his chest.
The main symptom of male breast cancer is a lump in the breast area.

The most common symptom of male breast cancer is the appearance of a lump in the breast. In most cases, the lump will be painless.

Less common symptoms of male breast cancer usually affect the nipple. Such symptoms include nipple retraction, ulceration, and discharge, where fluid begins to leak from the nipple.

If the cancer spreads, additional symptoms may include breast pain, bone pain, and swelling of the lymph nodes (glands) near the breast, usually in or around, the armpit.

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What are the treatment options for male breast cancer?

Team of doctors performing surgery
Surgery is a treatment option for male breast cancer and may be carried out with other treatments.

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