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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.

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Can you please discuss the key difference between male breast cancer and regular breast development?

Can you please discuss the key difference between male breast cancer and regular breast development?

Breast cancer: Unless you are brca + your risk is 1%. I you have something abnormal you should be seen and examined by a surgeon.

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What is male breast cancer? How common is breast cancer in males? Are there any differences between breast cancer in males and females?

What is male breast cancer? How common is breast cancer in males? Are there any differences between breast cancer in males and females?

Cancer: Breast is rare, but does happen. It is usually detected by the development of a lump behind the nipple. When compared between men and women, they do the same based on the stage of the cancer.

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Does male breast cancer cause breast disfiguration? What can I do?

Does male breast cancer cause breast disfiguration? What can I do?

See your doctor: If left untreated male breast cancer will cause more than breast disfiguration. It will invade local tissues, including the chest wall, as well as spread to distant organs. Please see your doctor asap.

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Can anyone tell me what colour are male breast cancer lumps?

Can anyone tell me what colour are male breast cancer lumps?

Color: Flesh colored. If it involves the skin it could look red or inflamed but normally would be a palpable lump under normal looking skin.

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How to tell between male breast cancer and temporary puberty boobs?

How to tell between male breast cancer and temporary puberty boobs?

See a doctor: The temporary puberty that you are referring to is called gynecomastia and can be common in men. It is seen at puberty but can also be seen in grown men who are overweight (the man boob) or due to medications. Male breast cancer usually occurs on 1 side and is firm. I recommend getting evaluated by your family doctor who can refer you to a surgeon for complete evaluation.

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What are the usual symptoms of male breast cancer, and how often do patients not have the usual symptoms?

What are the usual symptoms of male breast cancer, and how often do patients not have the usual symptoms?

Male breast cancer: Hard lump behind nipple, non painful usually, sometimes the nipple will invert or have discharge, older male usually.

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Need doctor's help! I might have male breast cancer?

Then you: Need to see your doctor for an evaluation. About 1% of breast cancer occurs in males. You may need a mammogram and /or breast ultrasound.

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I'm a 16 male and and I feel something abnormal underneath my right nipple. What are some of the other symptoms of male breast cancer?

I'm a 16 male and and I feel something abnormal underneath my right nipple. What are some of the other symptoms of male breast cancer?

Relax. Another trick: Your body is playing. It's called gynecomastia. It can be one or both sides. Caused by testosterone; does not mean you are a girl. It can be embarrassing. But there is no reason to do anything and it is not cancer. Older men can get it as a side effect of some drugs. Male breast cancer is usually older men, or at least older than 25. You do not have breast cancer.

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What can someone with male breast cancer do?

What can someone with male breast cancer do?

Same as in female: He will need to be treated accordingly. Treatment will be pretty much like breast cancer in female- will depend on the biology of the cancer-, stage, overall health condition and preference. Surgery will be needed if possible, then radiation therapy if lumpectomy is chosen or if surgical margin is positive or other reason. Chemo, targetted therapy and hormonal therapy are available.

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Do men need a mammogram in cases of male breast cancer?

Do men need a mammogram in cases of male breast cancer?

Yes,: breast cancer can occur in men, although not common. If there is a lump in a male breast, mammographic evaluation is appropriate.

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What is the treatment for male breast cancer?

What is the treatment for male breast cancer?

Same as female: It is essentially the same as a female which means that it depends on the stage and can range from lumpectomy to mastectomy with or without axillary node dissection and/or chemo- or hormonal therapy and/or radiation therapy.

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What are the signs of male breast cancer or infection?

What are the signs of male breast cancer or infection?

They are generally: The same signs as females have. For cancer, a lump. For infection, pain, redness, swelling, and maybe a lump.

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What are the treatment options for male breast cancer?

What are the treatment options for male breast cancer?

Same as for women: The treatment for male breast cancer is the same as it is for women. Treatment depends upon the stage, cancer characteristics, patient health and patient preferences.

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Is just breast enlargement a sign of male breast cancer?

Yes: But it is also a sign of gynecomastia - a common source of benign breast enlargement. Have it checked out.

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Would lung or male breast cancer show up on an x-ray?

Would lung or male breast cancer show up on an x-ray?

Breast no lung yes: Breast cancer does not show up on routine x rays (only mammogram, ultrasound, and targettted mri). Most (but not all) lung cancers show up on chest x ray.

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How common is male breast cancer?

How common is male breast cancer?

Not very: Common, but about 1% of breast cancers occur in men.

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Gynecomastia (Definition)

Gynecomastia is enlargement of the breast tissue in male patients. A common reason for it is during the puberty. Other causes are secondary to hormonal imbalnce, liver function abnormality, side effect of certain medications or other drugs, excess alcohol consumption and sometimes unknown causes. It would be best to see a breast care provider to work up its causes and ...Read more