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Breast cancer: Not for women only

Although breast cancer is considered a woman’s disease, more than 2,000 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society. Men tend to ignore a breast lump and not seek medical attention until it’s grown significantly larger. In men as in women, early detection of breast cancer is the key to cure. Men should:

  • Determine their risk. Discuss family history, exposure to radiation or any illnesses that may affect estrogen levels with a healthcare provider.
  • Examine their “pecs.” Feel for any lumps or swelling; look for changes in their nipples such as retraction or discharge; and look for skin redness, scaling or puckering. Report any changes to a healthcare provider.
  • Stay calm. Not all breast lumps are cancer. Most are caused by gynecomastia—greater than normal breast development in men.