Breast cancer is usually thought of as a female cancer. But everyone has breast tissue. Although, much less common, men can get breast cancer too. According to the American Cancer Society, about 2,550 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2018. And just like for women, early detection is key.
Learn How to Properly Check Yourself
Breast Self-Exam for Him!
Check yourself the same day every month.
- Check your breasts in front of a mirror for any symptoms or abnormalities.
- Examine the nipple, most men find their lumps under the nipple.
- In a sitting or standing position, use the pads of the three middle fingers - examine using light, medium, and deep pressure.
- Examining starts at the collarbone and continues down and up the entire breast in a vertical pattern.
- Position yourself in bed, which leads to a more even distribution of your breast tissue. Repeat steps 3 and 4.
Signs and Symptoms
- A painless lump or thickening in your breast tissue.
- Changes to the skin covering your breast, such as dimpling, wrinkling, redness, or scaling.
- Changes to your nipple, such as redness or scaling, or a nipple that begins to turn inward.
- Discharge from your nipple.