Breast cancer in men! Oh my! This is one of the weirdest and freakiest things I’ve heard in my entire life just like you right now. I too never believed there could be any such thing as male breast cancer.

Yes, you may be thinking: But men don’t have breasts, so how can they get breast cancer? I asked exactly those same questions when I first learned about this.

A common breast cancer myth that has existed for ages is that only women suffer from breast cancer.

The truth is that boys and girls, men and women all have breast tissues. The various hormones in girls’ and women’s bodies stimulate breast tissue to grow into full breasts. Boys’ and men’s bodies normally don’t make much of the breast-stimulating hormones. As a result, their breast tissues usually stay flat and small. Still, you may have seen boys and men with medium-sized or big breasts.

Usually, these breasts are just mounds of fat. But sometimes men can develop real breast gland tissues because they take certain medicines or have abnormal hormone levels.

An in-depth study conducted into this subject has revealed there is a lot that connects men to breast cancer.

In fact, according to the latest American Cancer Society statistics, approximately 2190 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the United States and precisely in 2018, about 2,550 men were diagnosed with the disease.

WHAT CAUSES BREAST CANCER IN MEN?

Medical experts over the years have conducted a lot of research to ascertain the cause of the male version of breast cancer but yet not much is known about the major cause of breast cancer in men.

Breast cancer in men starts when normal cells in the breast suddenly begin to grow out of control. These cells usually form a tumor that can often be seen on an x-ray or felt as a lump.

As a matter of fact, there is no particular known cause for breast cancer.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF BREAST CANCER IN MEN
As a man, when you see any of these signs then it could be a warning alert that a cancerous cell may be forming in the breast tissues:

• A painless lump or hard thickening in the breast
• Changes in the nipple such as redness or scaling or a nipple that begins to turn inwards. This is normally known as nipple involution
• Changes caused to the skin covering the breast e.g Formation of dimples on the breast, Puckering or shrinking of the skin covering the breast or redness of the skin
• Discharge from the nipples

In a subsequent article, we will discuss how to detect breast cancer in Men and possible risk factors that could lead to the formation of male breast cancer.

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For now, be responsible for your health. Cheers!

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