Male Breast Cancer
Although it is rare, men are also at risk of developing breast cancer. This section offers information on breast cancer in men, including risk factors, symptoms and treatment.

If you would like more information about male breast cancer, or have concerns for yourself or the men in your life, our Breast Cancer Support & Information Team is here to help you. Please contact us at 1.888.778.3100 or send us a message.

How common is breast cancer in men?

Men have breast tissue and can develop breast cancer, although it is rare. Men account for only one in every 100 breast cancer cases.

What are the breast cancer risk factors for men?

  • Family history of breast cancer, particularly if a man has inherited a mutation in the BRCA-2 gene
  • Klinefelter’s syndrome (a rare sex chromosome abnormality)
  • Testicular conditions (an undescended testicle, removal of testicles)
  • Age (most cases of male breast cancer occur in men between the ages of 60 & 70)
  • Obesity
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Radiation exposure

What are the signs and symptoms of breast cancer in men?

Breast cancer in men typically presents as a small painless lump in the breast, close to the nipple. Other symptoms may include:

  • Dimpled or puckered breast skin
  • A retracted nipple
  • Breast pain or tenderness
  • Nipple discharge or bleeding

Is treatment for male breast cancer different from the treatment that women get?

Men generally receive the same type of treatment for breast cancer that women do. However, it is standard for men to have a mastectomy rather than a lumpectomy. Men would also commonly receive hormonal therapy since male breast cancer tends to be hormone receptor positive. Radiation and chemotherapy may also be suggested.

Links to more information

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HIS Breast Cancer Awareness

Male Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer in Men
American Cancer Society

Breast Cancer in Men
Susan G. Komen

Male Breast Cancer Treatment
National Cancer Institute

Breast Cancer in Men (video)

Male Breast Cancer: One Man’s Story (video)
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute