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13 Surprising Symptoms Of Male Breast Cancer You Should Never Ignore

By Andrew Alpin, 6 February 2018

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According to the American Cancer Society, 2470 new cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed in men in 2017. Unfortunately most of the cases were detected in their advanced stages. This also means that 460 men out of the total diagnosed were expected to die of male breast cancer, and you thought it was only a woman’s disease?

13 Surprising Symptoms of Male Breast Cancer You Should Never Ignore

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#Understanding the symptoms of male breast cancer is important

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The above statistic alone makes it extremely crucial for us to know and understand the early signs and symptoms of this lethal disease. Only early detection and prevention can nip the disease in the bud. Here are 12 symptoms of male breast cancer according to doctors.

Understanding the symptoms of male breast cancer is important

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1Change in the size or shape of breast

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You should always keep a watch out for any noticeable change in shape or size of one or both of your breasts at all times. Usually the changes in the pectoral regions are painless and therefore easy to ignore. This precisely makes it deadly and dangerous enough to be alert about.

Change in the size or shape of breast

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2Breast Lumps

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Just as this is a symptom of female breast cancer, it can occur in men too. Usually there are formations of small painless lumps behind or around the nipples. These pectoral lumps are usually firm and do not move easily when nudged or pressed. If you find any of these, immediately go for breast imagery or needle biopsy to check if the lump is cancerous or not. Do not confuse this with the harmless benign gynecomastia or breast enlargement found in men due to hormonal imbalance.

Breast Lumps

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3Pain in the nipple or chest region

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Constant pain in the nipple area which is not caused by exterior accidents or injury are the tell tale red flags for a run to the doctor. Persistent pain in the chest that to which is always focused around the pectoral region is another dangerous signal.

Pain in the nipple or chest region

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