Answers to Common Cancer Prevention Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about cancer prevention.

How does breast cancer appear in men?

Dr. Thomas Heck discusses how breast cancer appears in men. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

How does breast cancer appear in men?

Breast cancer in men, it's manifested very similar to that in women. Albeit men do not get their yearly screen mammograms. The point is though, it's usually picked up by a lump. A man feels a lump in his breast, just like a lot of women do also. And then it's worked up the same way, that we will do mammograms on men, we will do ultrasounds if needed in men, just like you would for a lady with a breast lump. Ultimately, depending on those findings, the physical findings, and the imaging studies, they may get a biopsy just like we would with a woman.


Male breast cancer appears with a lump or swelling in the breast or lymph node area of the chest, according to the American Cancer SocietyOff Site Icon (ACS).

The lump can be painful but is often painless.

Other signs of breast cancer in men could include:

  • Nipple discharge
  • Nipple turning inward
  • Redness of the nipple or breast tissue
  • Scaling of the nipple or breast tissue
  • Skin dimpling or puckering

For more information about how breast cancer appears in men, talk with your doctor.

Learn more:

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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