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What are male breast cancer symptoms and signs?

The most common sign of breast cancer in men is a firm, nonpainful mass located just below the nipple. There may not be other associated symptoms. The average size of breast cancer in men when first discovered is about 2.5 cm in diameter. The cancer may cause skin changes in the area of the nipple. These changes can include ulceration of the skin, puckering or dimpling, redness or scaling of the nipple, or retraction (turning inward) of the nipple. Bloody or opaque discharge from the nipple may also occur. Less than 1% of cases are bilateral (occurring on both sides).

Breast cancer that has spread (metastasized) to the bones may also produce bone pain at the sites of metastases. Advanced breast cancer can also produce symptoms typical of many cancers, including malaise, weakness, and weight loss. Breast cancer in men can spread to many other organs and cause other symptoms as well.

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Comment from: 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 08

My husband had a small lump located just above the nipple 28 years ago at the age of 29. It was removed and determined to be breast cancer. The nipple and breast tissue along with 17 glands were removed and no cancer was in the glands. No treatment at that time. Ten years later a small nodule was noted on a chest X-ray in the left lung. The upper lobe of the lung was removed and treatment was 10 years on Tamoxifen. About 45 days ago from an annual exam that included a cat scan, two nodules were noted in the same lung at the same location as the previous lung area. These nodules responded positive to the PET scan and are highly suspicious of cancer. The nodules are surrounding the metal clips that were left in the lung to hold it together 18 years ago. We are having a biopsy Monday. So cancer returns, there are no guarantees but a lot has improved in the last 18 years and we are hoping for a miracle.

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Comment from: MK, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 16

I discovered a BB sized lump below my armpit, so I went to the doctor who thought it was just a cyst. Five months later it had grown so I saw the doctor again. Biopsy confirmed cancer which had spread to 3 lymph nodes. I had mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation and have been on Tamoxifen for 4 years; so far I have neuropathy in feet and lymphedema in arm.

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