Many people don't know that men can get breast cancer because they aren't aware that men have breasts. But men do have a small amount of breast tissue behind their nipples. This is where breast cancer can develop.
Symptoms of breast cancer in males
In most men, breast cancer is first noticed as a painless lump under the nipple or areola.
Other signs may include:
- a nipple turning in (inversion/inverted nipple)
- changes in the size or shape of the breast
- a rash affecting the nipple
- discharge or bleeding from the nipple
- a swelling or lump in the armpit
- an ulcer on the skin of the breast.
*Information provided by Macmillan cancer support
We have a number of patient information booklets available about breast cancer:
- Advice on TRAM/DIEP breast reconstruction aftercare
- Advice on mastectomy and dermal flap with implant aftercare
- Advice on permanent implants surgery aftercare
- Advice on tissue expander surgery aftercare
- Advice on latissimus dorsi with implant surgery aftercare
- Information about medical tattooing
- Information about nipple reconstruction
- A guide to radiotherapy after breast surgery
- Information about the Macmillan secondary breast clinical nurse specialist team
- Exercises for patients having radiotherapy or surgery to the breast, shoulder and armpit
- A guide on the adjuvant bisphosphonate service (ABS) in the treatment of early breast cancer