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Male Breast Cancer

Like breast cancer in women, male breast cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in breast tissue. Although male breast cancer is rare, it does occur. Risk factors for males include:

  • Growing older
  • High estrogen levels
  • Strong family history of breast cancer.

Men can have high estrogen levels if they are overweight, taking hormonal medicines or have liver disease, which increases the levels of estrogen. Signs of male breast cancer are very similar to those of women and can include:

  • A lump in the breast
  • Nipple pain
  • Nipple discharge
  • Enlarged lymph nodes under the arm.

Treatment for male breast cancer includes the same procedures that are done for women. Some treatment options are:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Hormone therapy

For more information on the Breast Center at St. Joseph Medical Center, call 816-943-3173.