It’s not as common as breast cancer in women, but it’s true: Men can get breast cancer, too.
Men can lower their risk of breast cancer in similar ways to women: by limiting the amount of alcohol they drink and staying at a normal body mass index. But they can also look out for changes in their chest and nipples and call their doctor at the earliest signs of any symptoms.
Those symptoms can include, according to the American Cancer Society:
- Lumps or swelling, which may or may not be painful
- Skin dimpling or puckering
- Nipple retraction
- Redness or scaly skin around the nipple or breast skin
- Discharge from the nipple
These changes don’t always indicate cancer, but men should see their doctor as soon as they notice any difference. Men often are diagnosed with more advanced stages of cancer because they don’t get regular mammograms and usually don’t reach out to their doctors until symptoms have progressed.
Breast cancer death rates have declined by 40% since 1990 because of earlier detection and improvements in breast cancer treatments.
NHRMC is one of 21 hospitals across the country named by the American Cancer Society as a Community of Practice site. As a Community of Practice, NHRMC will work with community partners to advance health equity in breast cancer screening and prevention.