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Breast cancer (male)

Find out about the symptoms of breast cancer in men, including a lump in the breast and changes to the nipple or nearby skin.

The main symptom of breast cancer in men is a lump in the breast. The nipple or skin may also be affected.

See your GP if you have a breast lump or any other symptoms that worry you.

It's very unlikely you have cancer, but it's best to get checked out.

Breast lump

Cancerous breast lumps usually:

  • occur in¬†one breast
  • develop¬†under or around the nipple
  • are¬†painless (but in rare cases¬†they can hurt)
  • feel¬†hard or rubbery
  • don't move around within the breast
  • feel¬†bumpy rather than smooth
  • get bigger over time

Most lumps and swellings aren't a sign of cancer.

They're usually caused by something fairly harmless, such as gynaecomastia (enlarged male breast tissue), a lipoma (fatty lump) or a cyst (fluid-filled bump).

A GP can check your lump and refer you for tests and scans for breast cancer if needed.

Other symptoms

Other signs of breast cancer in men include:

  • the nipple turning inwards (inverted nipple)
  • fluid¬†oozing from the nipple (nipple discharge), which may be streaked with blood
  • a sore or rash¬†around the nipple that doesn't go away
  • the nipple or¬†surrounding skin¬†becoming hard, red¬†or swollen
  • small bumps in the armpit¬†(swollen glands)

Further symptoms may develop if the cancer spreads to other parts of the body, such as the bones, lungs or liver.

These symptoms can include:

  • feeling tired all the time
  • aching or painful bones
  • shortness of breath
  • feeling sick
  • itchy skin with yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
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