Breast cancer is often thought of as a condition that only affects women, but men can also develop it. The cancer develops in the small amount of breast tissue men have behind their nipples. The most common symptom is a hard, painless lump in one of the breasts.
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Less than 1 out of cases of breast cancer occurs in a man. Although the exact cause of breast cancer is not known, most experts agree that some men have a greater risk for breast cancer than others. Male breast cancer mostly affects older men.
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There are a number of symptoms which might suggest that a man has breast cancer. All of these could be caused by other conditions too, so if men experience any of these symptoms it is a good idea to see the doctor, who can advise whether further tests are needed. The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed and treated, the better the long-term prospects.
Read our blog about breast cancer in men. Though boys and girls begin life with similar breast tissue, over time, men don't have the same complex breast growth and development as women. At puberty, high testosterone and low estrogen levels stop breast development in males.
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Males and females are both born with breast tissue and mammary glands. However, males are still at risk for conditions affecting breast tissue. Breast cancer is a very rare cause of breast pain in males, though the condition may be more common than you might think.
Gynecomastia is a condition in which men have enlarged breasts. Both boys and men can have the condition. It can occur in newborns as well.
While we usually think of women when we talk of breasts, men have breasts, too. And like women, they at times have to cope with breast pain, breast enlargement, nipple pain, and even breast cancer. Unfortunately, in our breast-fixated society, it can be embarrassing for a man to bring up concerns he has about his breasts. And, most of the time, men don't sip a cup of tea and talk to other men about their breast pain.