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Gynecomastia – Could it Be Male Breast Cancer?

Our Team Discusses Man Boobs and Breast Cancer

Gynecomastia NYC or Breast Cancer - Should you Worry?When a man is faced with excessive breast tissue, he is also faced with immense psychological trauma due to what may be deemed a disfigurement of his body.  In addition to the emotional trauma from a changing physique, many patients that visit our gynecomastia practice question whether or not they should consider breast cancer as a possible cause – or side effect of their condition.

 

Breast Cancer Numbers to Know

We have seen a diverse collection of patients dealing with excessive breast tissue, and what we have found is that a very small percentage of men actually end up with a breast cancer diagnosis.

Although cases of male breast cancer are rare, the motto in our gyno office is that safety is always the way to go.  Because men have breast tissue just as women do, the risk of breast cancer cannot be overlooked, even when the numbers are low.

Better To Be Safe Than Sorry

Although cases of male breast cancer are rare, the motto in our gyno office is that safety is always the way to go.  Because men have breast tissue just as women do, the risk of breast cancer cannot be overlooked, even when the numbers are low.

Causes for the disease in men is admittedly not completely understood, according to the American Cancer Society.  However, it is thought that fluctuating hormones may play a role in the onset of breast cancer in both men and women.

For the male patient, the disease may begin in ducts inside the breast or even in breast cells called lobules.  Just as in the female population, male breast cancer can spread to the lymph nodes and other organs in the body.

For that reason, we approach this condition very seriously.

Keeping an Eye Out for Problems - Advice from our New York Team

What is important to understand is that the gynecomastia patient is actually at no greater risk of male breast cancer than a man without "man boobs".  The presence of excess breast tissue, even when caused by fluctuating hormones, is not indicative of breast cancer.

This condition may be noticed as circular growths under the nipple, or a "lumpy" appearance on the breast.  Because this is often the general appearance of benign gynecomastia, we encourage patients to speak with their medical doctor about the changes in their breast tissue just to be safe.

Delaying treatment, according to the Mayo Clinic, may result in the unnecessary advancement of a potentially deadly disease.

Dealing with gynecomastia is unpleasant and can also be frightening.  Should you experience changes in breast tissue, check for:

·        Lumps or nodules

·        Discharge from the nipple

·        Changes in skin or nipple, such as inversion, puckering, redness or a scaly appearance

We offer excellent treatment in our gynecomastia facility, and can refer patients for medical examination if needed.  Once the issue of breast cancer has been addressed, we can move on to correcting gynecomastia through surgical treatment and help our gyno patients restore their confidence.

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