Men's Health

Male Breast Cancer Awareness

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Patients are often surprised to learn that men can develop breast cancer. This misconception arises because many do not realise that men possess breast tissue. In fact, both men and women have similar breast tissue until puberty. During puberty, female hormones cause breast development in girls, while male hormones inhibit this in boys.

Fortunately, breast cancer in men is very rare, with only about 18-20 cases diagnosed annually in Ireland. The most common symptom of breast cancer in men is a painless lump in the breast. Other symptoms can include nipple discharge (often blood-stained), a tender or retracted nipple, ulceration, or swelling of the breast. In some instances, the lymph glands under the arm may also be swollen.

Due to its rarity, men might overlook their symptoms and delay seeking medical advice. Consequently, the cancer may be advanced by the time it is diagnosed. Prompt treatment is crucial, so it is important to have any symptoms evaluated as soon as possible.

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