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If a man gets breast cancer, does he first have to have a lump of non-cancerours breast gland material under the nipple (that later turns cancerous?)?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

All men have breast tissue, yet this tissue may not be palpable as a defined lump under the nipple.
Breast cancer begins at a microscopic level and does not require palpable breast tissue in order to form. Some men have a condition where there is pathologic enlargement of their breast tissue--gynecomastia. Although controversial, this does seem to predispose one to breast cancer.

In brief: No

All men have breast tissue, yet this tissue may not be palpable as a defined lump under the nipple.
Breast cancer begins at a microscopic level and does not require palpable breast tissue in order to form. Some men have a condition where there is pathologic enlargement of their breast tissue--gynecomastia. Although controversial, this does seem to predispose one to breast cancer.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Otto Placik
This is often a neglected disease entity
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Man can have a mass that is cancerous as his initial presentation - does not have to have a benign nodule first.

In brief: No

Man can have a mass that is cancerous as his initial presentation - does not have to have a benign nodule first.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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