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Male breast cancer: Early diagnosis

Male breast cancer

Male breast cancer. Though male breast cancer is rare in male, when it happens, the cancer forms in the breast tissues of men

Breast cancer has been associated with women in most cases yet men too becomes victims. Though male breast cancer is rare in male, when it happens, the cancer forms in the breast tissues of men. The cancer is particularly common with older or aging male adults but can also affect in all ages. Because of the nature of the disease, early diagnosis is very important. When detected in good time, doctor Dalal Akoury MD, President and founder of AWAREmed health and wellness resource center says that, the patient will have a better chance of getting complete healing. It is quit unfortunate that most men shy off from visiting their doctors for checkups. Because of this most of male breast cancer are detected when they are at an advance stage making treatment difficult. So what are the signs and symptoms to watch over?

Male breast cancer: Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of male breast cancers can include:

  • A painless lump or thickening in the breast tissue
  • Changes on the skin covering the breast dimpling, puckering, redness or scaling
  • Changes to the nipple like redness or scaling, or a nipple that begins to turn inward
  • Discharge from your nipple

When you notice any of these, waste no time and schedule for an appointment with your doctor immediately.

Male breast cancer: Causes

Like with most cancer cases, the causes of male breast cancer are not so clear. Though this isn’t clear, it is believed that male breast cancer occurs when some breast cells divide rapidly than healthy cells do. The accumulating cells form a tumor that may spread (metastasize) to nearby tissue, to the lymph nodes or to other parts of the body.

Male breast cancer: Where breast cancer begins in men

By creation, every human is born with a small amount of breast tissue consisting of milk-producing glands (lobules), ducts that carry milk to the nipples, and fat. As children grow into puberty, ladies begins developing more breast tissue while men do not. But everyone is born with a small amount of breast tissue, developing breast cancer is possible. The following are some of the types of breast cancer diagnosed in men:

Cancer that begins in the milk ducts (ductal carcinoma). Nearly all male breast cancers is ductal carcinoma.

Cancer that begins in the milk-producing glands (lobular carcinoma). This type is rare in men because they have few lobules in their breast tissue.

Cancer that spreads to the nipple (Paget’s disease of the nipple). Rarely, male breast cancers forms in the milk ducts and spreads to the nipple, causing crusty, scaly skin around the nipple.

Male breast cancer: Inherited genes that increase breast cancer risk

Some men inherit abnormal (mutated) genes from their parents that increase the risk of breast cancer. Mutations in one of several genes, especially a gene called BRCA2, put you at greater risk of developing breast and prostate cancers. These genes normally make proteins that keep cells from growing abnormally which helps prevent cancer. But mutated genes aren’t as effective at protecting you from cancer reiterates doctor Akoury. Finally, if this article describes your condition, it is never too late to visit your doctor. Meeting with a genetic counselor and undergoing genetic testing can help determine whether you carry gene mutations that increase your risk of breast cancer.

Male breast cancer: Early diagnosis