Breast Cancer in Men

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What you should know

The following information on male breast cancer is provided for your education and awareness. For health-related concerns, it is always advised to see a doctor. According to Pink Ribbon, male Breast Cancer is on the rise in Pakistan because of a lack of knowledge and the belief that a lump will go with time.

There are several misunderstandings and misleading conceptions so rooted in society that they sometimes appear to be real. The same is true for Breast Cancer, which is seen as a disease that affects only women. However, male Breast Cancer is a reality, although a rare one for which no precise figures are indicating the incidence rate.

However, this is not a private matter, and a large part of this is due to the general public’s ignorance about the existence of Breast Cancer in males. Moreover, older males are more likely to report a breast lump than younger men.

Elevated estrogen levels, radiation exposure, and family history of Breast Cancer enhance men’s cancer risk.

Are you at risk?

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

Men’s Breast Cancer symptoms include:

  • The formation of a breast lump.
  • The thickness of breast tissue.
  • The breast skin turns reddish, puckered, and may have depressions and scales as well.
  • Inwardly facing nipples.
  • Nipples may get red and develop scales.
  • Nipple discharge that may be clean or reddish.
  • Nipple soreness.
  • Enlargement of the lymph nodes of the underarms.

MALE BREAST CANCER: RISK FACTORS

Several risk factors seem to enhance the possibility that males may get Breast Cancer. They are known as risk factors. The following are male Breast Cancer risk factors:

  • Radiation exposure for the treatment of various disorders, such as lymphoma.
  • Breast cancer in the family history
  • Men with Klinefelter syndrome are more likely to get breast cancer.
  • Age progression
  • Liver problems.
  • Corpulence (Fat Body)
  • High estrogen levels caused by medications, obesity, or other factors.

DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT

Following the detection of a breast tissue complaint, the following tests are conducted to confirm the diagnosis:

  • Ultrasound
  • Biopsy
  • Examination of nasal discharge
  • After a verified diagnosis, an individualized treatment plan is developed for the patient.

Typical treatment approaches include:

  • Surgical removal of cancerous tissue
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy

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Nismah Naveed Bhatti
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