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What Men Need To Know About Breast Cancer

What Men Need To Know About Breast Cancer

Oct 20, 2020

While breast cancer is primarily thought to be a condition that affects women only, men can develop it, too. However, it’s very rare—about 1 in 833 men will get breast cancer in his lifetime.

“The signs and symptoms would actually be the same as for women, except that it tends to be more obvious since mens' breasts are generally smaller and less pendulous,” said Dr. Carlo Demandante, a radiation oncologist at the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Woodlands Hospital. “These include a lump, breast tenderness, skin dimpling, and/or nipple discharge."

Whether you’ve noticed some troubling symptoms or you’re just wondering how you can support the women in your life as they try to fit regular screenings into their busy schedules, check out our guide to what men should know about breast cancer.

A Man's Guide to Breast Cancer Infographic

Encourage the women in your life to schedule their annual mammogram if they’re 40 or older or at a heightened risk, and don’t hesitate to speak to your doctor if you notice any symptoms of breast cancer. Our team at St. Luke’s Health offers a variety of screenings to help you stay on top of your health.

If your results indicate breast cancer, you can trust your doctor to conduct further testing and refer you to a compassionate and dedicated oncologist for treatment if needed. You can also learn more about the nationally recognized Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center and browse our breast cancer research and resources.

American Cancer Society | Breast Cancer in Men