Signs and symptoms of breast cancer in men

In most men, the first symptom they usually notice is a painless lump under the nipple or areola.

Other symptoms may include:

  • a nipple that is turned in (inverted)
  • swelling of the breast tissue
  • a rash around the nipple
  • discharge or bleeding from the nipple
  • a swelling or lump in the armpit
  • an ulcer on the skin of the breast.

You'll know how your chest area normally looks and feels. If you notice any change, you should see your GP straight away. If there is breast cancer, treatment will be more effective if it is diagnosed early.

I found a lump and thought it was a cyst. It was near the nipple and the size of a pea. It became painful so I went to the doctor.


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What is cancer?

There are more than 200 different kinds of cancer, each with its own name and treatment.

Men's breasts

Men have a small amount of breast tissue where breast cancer can develop, but this is rare.