When we talk about breast cancer, we rarely talk about a male who was diagnosed with the condition. So often, we assume breast cancer is exclusively a women’s disease. A male have less breast tissue than women do, so their risk of developing breast cancer is comparatively rarer.
In fact, guys make up less than 1% of breast cancer cases. But the risk of a man developing breast cancer still exists, and many men often ignore the symptoms.
In advance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, here are four symptoms of breast cancer that guys should watch out for.
Guys often ignore lumps on their chest, thinking they may have just bumped themselves while doing yard work. But a lump in your pecs can be a sign of breast cancer. Typically painless, these lumps can be accompanied by tenderness in the area, especially when touched. If cancer has spread, swelling can be found under the armpit, in the lymph nodes, or around the collarbone.
2. Inverted Nipple
As a breast cancer tumour grows, it begins to pull on ligaments inside the breast, causing the nipple to invert or become dented. Sometimes, the inverted nipple will be accompanied by dry, scaly skin in the area.
3. Nipple Discharge
Guys may notice stains on their shirts and simply chalk them up to spills. But if stains always appear on the same side of the chest, then it could be nipple discharge. This happens because fluid from a tumour builds up and leak out of the nipple duct.
4. Open Sores
In extreme cases, men may develop an open sore on the nipple because a tumour almost growing through the skin. That’s a cancer that’s sort of been ignored. Since men have very little breast tissue, it’s possible for the tumour to push through the skin. The sore will look like a picked pimple.