Compassionate care for breast cancer in men
Male breast cancer accounts for less than 1 percent of all breast cancer cases in the U.S. When it does occur, it’s often ductal carcinoma, inflammatory breast cancer or Paget’s breast cancer. Men rarely get lobular carcinoma, the type of breast cancer that develops around the milk-producing sacs.
As northern Indiana’s first comprehensive cancer treatment center, Goshen Center for Cancer Care offers comprehensive treatment for male breast cancer in Goshen and Warsaw, IN. With naturopathic medicine, minimally invasive surgery and traditional treatment options, you can trust us to create a treatment plan that’s best for your needs. Request an appointment online or call (888) 492-4673 (HOPE) to get started with nationally recognized cancer care.
Can men get breast cancer?
Men have breast tissue, but it doesn’t fully develop into glandular tissue as it does in women. Underlying medical conditions and other risk factors can increase a man’s chance for developing breast cancer.
Known risk factors include:
- Family history of breast cancer
- Radiation exposure to the breast
- Genetic mutations
- High estrogen levels due to obesity, medications, heavy alcohol use or liver disease
- Klinefelter syndrome
- Age 60 or older
Breast cancer prevention for men begins with knowing your risk factors and taking precautionary measures to lower your risk.
Signs of breast cancer in men
A noticeable lump is usually the first sign of breast cancer in men.
Other signs and symptoms include:
- An inverted nipple
- Nipple discharge
- Redness, scaling, dimpling or puckering of the nipple or breast
- Enlarged lymph nodes in the underarm or collar bone area
Sometimes these symptoms, including lumps, don't always indicate cancer. Gynecomastia, a harmless growth of breast tissue, and other conditions can present the symptoms above. It's best to talk to your primary care provider if you have the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.
Diagnosing and treating breast cancer in men at Goshen Center for Cancer Care
Treatment for male breast cancer is similar to treating breast cancer in women. The cancer’s stage, your preferences and other factors help your oncology team create a treatment plan that’s unique for your case. To rule out or confirm breast cancer, you may first need a biopsy.
If cancer is present in the nipple or breast, your treatment may include:
A modified mastectomy to remove the nipple, areola, breast tissue and lymph nodes
Our goal is to maintain your best possible quality of life while offering precise treatment. For cancer care that focuses on you, trust the oncology specialists at Goshen Center for Cancer Care.
Goshen Center for Cancer Care offers exceptional care for breast cancer in men in Goshen and Warsaw, IN, for patients from Fort Wayne, South Bend and surrounding areas.