Signs and symptoms of breast cancer in men

A lump in the breast is the most common symptom of breast cancer in men.

In most men, breast cancer is first noticed as a painless lump under the nipple or areola (the darker area of skin around the nipple).

Other symptoms may include:

  • a nipple turning in (inverted nipple)
  • changes in the size or shape of the breast
  • a rash (like eczema) on the nipple
  • discharge or bleeding from the nipple
  • a swelling or lump in the armpit
  • an ulcer on the skin of the breast.

You will know how your chest area normally looks and feels. If you notice any change, you should see your GP straight away. The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed and treated, the more successful treatment is likely to be.

We understand that showing any symptoms of what could be cancer is worrying. The most important thing is to speak to your GP as soon as possible. We're also here if you need someone to talk to. You can: