Breast Cancer in Men

Yes, it’s much rarer for a man to get breast cancer. For US men, there’s a lifetime risk of about 1 in 1,000. Breast cancer in men is often diagnosed at a later stage. One reason for this may be that men are less likely than women to recognize or report symptoms to their doctor.

The Susan G. Komen Foundation offers these warning signs for men:

  • Lump, hard knot or thickening in the breast, chest or underarm area
  • Change in the size or shape of the breast
  • Puckering, dimpling or redness
  • Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
  • Inverted nipple or pulling in of other parts of the breast

If you have any concerns, contact your health care provider for a consultation.