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.
There are many different signs and symptoms of breast cancer, so checking your breasts for any unusual change is important. Common breast cancer signs and symptoms include:. Pain in your breasts is not normally a sign of breast cancer, but it can be if it is associated with other symptoms.
Although many people only associate breast problems with women, men can also be affected. If you have noticed changes in your breasts or nipples, follow this chart for more information. Do you have a hard, painless lump under your nipple, and have you noticed any breast changes such as skin dimpling or puckering, redness or scaling of the nipple or breast skin, or have you had any nipple discharge?
Forward to 4A on atypical hyperplasia Back to 3C on fibroadenoma. Benign they say! The mesenchymal and skin-associated tumors described in the female breast may also occur in the male breast. Male gynecomastia is the most common benign condition of the glandular components of the male breast.
The male breast is much smaller than its female counterpart, and it cannot produce milk. Because of this smaller size and simpler structure, breast disease is much less common in men than women. Still, men can develop important breast problems, both benign and malignant.
Even though men do not have breasts like women, they do have a small amount of breast tissue. In fact, the "breasts" of an adult man are similar to the breasts of a girl before puberty, and consist of a few ducts surrounded by fat and other tissue. In girls, this tissue grows and develops in response to female hormones, but in men — who do not secrete the same amounts of these hormones — this tissue does not develop.
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.
Your doctor will ask you questions about your medical and drug history and what health conditions run in your family. The doctor will also do a physical examination that may include careful evaluation of your breast tissue, abdomen and genitals. Your doctor will want to be sure your breast swelling is actually gynecomastia and not another condition. Other conditions that can cause similar symptoms include:.