MANY people believe that breast cancer only affects women – but men can get it too and it is a lot more common than you may realise.
There are about 390 men diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK and just last night it was revealed Beyoncé’s dad Mathew Knowles has the disease.
And according to Breast Cancer Now, every year in the UK, approximately 80 men die from the cancer.
Men who are between the ages of 60 and 70 are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer and men who have particularly high oestrogen levels also have more risk of developing the disease.
Here, we take you through the key warning signs of breast cancer in men.
1. A lump close to the nipple
The most common symptom for men with breast cancer is a lump in the chest area, which is nearly always painless.
According to the NHS, these cancerous lumps usually occur in one breast and develop under or around the nipple.
The lumps may feel hard or rubbery and do not move around within the breast.
A breast lump usually feels bumpy rather than smooth and gets bigger over time.
Most lumps and swellings are not a sign of cancer and are usually something fairly harmless such as a condition called gynecomastia which causes enlarged male breast tissue.
A GP (Medical Doctor) can check your lump and refer you for tests and scans for breast cancer if needed.
2. Oozing from the nipple
Men with breast cancer may spot oozing from the nipple.
This discharge can be clear or streaked with blood and comes from the nipple without squeezing.
3. Inverted or retracted nipple
Another symptom is when the nipple starts turning inwards, known as an inverted nipple.
The nipple may also feel sensitive or itchy.
4. Lumps under the arm
Swelling of the chest area and occasionally the lymph nodes under the arm can occur.
If this happens you will feel small bumps in the armpit.
5. A rash around the nipple
Some men with breast cancer may develop a sore or a rash around the nipple that does not go away.
The nipple or surrounding skin can become hard, red or swollen.
6. Ulcers on the chest
Another key symptom to look out for is ulcers or sores on the chest or nipple area.
Breast Cancer Now recommends visiting your GP as soon as you notice any changes to your breast area that could correspond to the above symptoms.
Further symptoms may develop if cancer spreads to other parts of the body, such as the lungs, liver or the bones.
These symptoms can include feeling tired all the time, aching or painful bones, shortness of breath, feeling sick and itchy skin with yellowing of the skin and eyes.
Source: The Sun
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