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Doctor insights on: 26 Year Old Male Has Lump Breast Cancer Or Gynecomastia

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Breast cancer results when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. The growth occurs initially inside the ducts but eventually breaks outside into the breast tissue and ultimately spreads both to the lymph nodes in the armpit and via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Because of the promoting affect of estrogen almost all breast cancer occurs in women and is a rarity in men. The unregulated growth is due to both inherited and acquired genetic defects. It is the most common malignancy in women but it often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast ...Read more


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What do lumps in the chest mean? Gynecomastia or breast cancer?

What do lumps in the chest mean? Gynecomastia or breast cancer?

Either: Masses in the chest could be gynecomastia or breast cancer. Best to be evaluated by your physician for diagnosis and treatment recommendations. ...Read more

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What is the difference between gynecomastia male breast cancer?

What is the difference between gynecomastia male breast cancer?

Benign vs malignant: Gynecomastia is a benign condition usually caused by drug abuse or prescription medications. On the other hand, male breast cancer is malignant and can spread through metastasis. Fortunately it is rare for males to develop breast cancer. ...Read more

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Can a 16 year old get breast cancer? And how exactly are the breast cancer lumps?

Can a 16 year old get breast cancer?
And how exactly are the breast cancer lumps?

Unlikely: Unlikely but not impossible. The youngest Breast cancer patient I have worked with was 18. That said, when you are examining your breasts you are feeling for a place that is different from the rest. It is normal for a young female to have dense breasts with "lumps". Hormone changes can also make cystic areas in the tissue. If you have an area that concerns you please ask your GYN or PCP ...Read more

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I found a lump on my 9 year old daughters breast. There is no rubor, swelling, or heat present. Is there anyway this could be breast cancer?

I found a lump on my 9 year old daughters breast. There is no rubor, swelling, or heat present. Is there anyway this could be breast cancer?

Very rare: It would be extremely rare for this to be breast cancer. Most likely you are feeling a breast bud. This the breast tissue that will begin to form. You should however discuss your concerns with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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29 year old female, found painless hard lump directly above my left breast. I do have history of breast cancer in my family?

29 year old female, found painless hard lump directly above my left breast. I do have history of breast cancer in my family?

Breast surgeon: Good for you for doing your breast exam. The next step is to go to a breast surgeon to get an exam and their professional opinion as to whether you need any imaging , biopsy, or surgery. Good luck to you. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Dr. Tom Pousti
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Male Breast Enlargement (Definition)

Gynecomastia, or enlargement of the male breast gland, can be due to hormone, imabalances, medications, age, or genetics. It is a medically treatable condition - see a board-certified plastic surgeon for the different options. These can include liposuction, direct excision of the glandular tissue, and even excision of ...Read more