Can Men Get Breast Cancer?


 Pink may be the color for breast cancer advocacy, but that doesn’t mean men can’t be diagnosed with the disease. Each year, 2,000 men in the U.S. receive a breast cancer diagnosis. Current treatments are highly effective in men whose cancer is treated early. However, because men aren’t familiar with breast cancer symptoms, diagnosis is often delayed.


Men (and women) should watch for these symptoms:

  • A lump or swelling in the breast or in lymph nodes under the arm or around the collar bone
  • Dimpled skin around the breast
  • Nipple turning inward
  • Redness or scaling of the breast or nipple
  • Nipple discharge

If a man notices any of these warning signs, he should consult with a doctor.

Learn more about treatment for male breast cancer and the Male Breast Cancer Program at Dana-Farber.

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