Breast Cancer in Men: The Facts

Breast cancer occurs not only in women, but also in some men. Although for men the lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000, consider the latest statistics available from the American Cancer Society (ACS):

  • About 2,360 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in men this year
  • About 400 men will die from breast cancer this year

What are the symptoms of breast cancer in men?

The following are the most common symptoms of breast cancer in men. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Men are encouraged to consult with their physician if they notice any changes in their breasts.

  • Breast lumps or swelling
  • Nipple inversion
  • Nipple discharge (sometimes bloody)
  • A pain or pulling sensation in the breast
  • Skin puckering or dimpling
  • Scaliness or redness of the breast skin or the nipple

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For a referral to a RWJBarnabas Health primary care physician or breast specialist, call 888-724-7123