With no current routine screening and limited research available, most male breast cancers are found by checking the chest.
If you feel you may have a breast issue, please contact your GP immediately.
Make sure you look out for the following warning signs:
- Inverted nipple
- Lumps behind the nipple
- Any discharge
- Skin changes on the chest
- Skin dimpling
Breast cancer in men
Breast cancer in men is very rare. Around 370 men are diagnosed each year in the UK. Most men who get breast cancer are over 60, although younger men can be affected.
Most breast lumps are nothing to worry about and often they can be caused by a harmless condition called Gynaecomastia. This is where normal tissue can form behind the nipple and present as a lump. However it is very important that any issue is checked by your GP.
If you are referred to the breast team by your GP, you will be invited to a symptomatic clinic where you will receive some or all of the following:
Mammogram (if you are over the age of 40). This is an x-ray of your breast tissue and allows our consultants to assess your problem.
Further tests if necessary.
Please advise us of any family history of breast cancer that you are aware of.