Answers to Common Cancer Prevention Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about cancer prevention.

Are breast cancer symptoms different in men than in women?

Dr. Thomas Heck discusses whether breast cancer symptoms are different in men than in women. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

Are breast cancer symptoms different in men than in women?

A breast cancer in a man, may present differently, as far as he may or may not have pain with it, but that's true in women also. The majority of breast cancers, be it male or female, are usually painless. So it really goes back to physical examination. The patient may feel a lump, or the examining physician will feel a lump. Very similar between men and women.


Symptoms of breast cancer in both men and women are similar, Premier Physician Network (PPN) physicians say.

The major difference is how much more common breast cancer is in women than in men.

Less than 1 percent of all breast cancer is male breast cancer, according to the American Cancer SocietyOff Site Icon (ACS).

For more information about whether breast cancer symptoms are different in men and women, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Susan Davis-Brown, MD, Brookville Family Care; Dori Thompson, MD, Springboro Family Medicine; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Joshua Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Douglas Gaker, MD, Premier Urology Center; J. Scott Wilcher, MD, North Dayton Surgeons; Todd Hicks, Premier Plastic Surgeons; Geetha Ambalavanan, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Kenneth Reed, DO, Premier Gastroenterology Specialists; Thomas Heck, MD, Gem City Surgical Breast Cancer Center

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