Breast cancer in men
Breast cancer in men

Men have breast tissue just like women, and can develop breast cancer. In Canada, less than 1% of all breast cancers occur in men. Breast cancer is most commonly diagnosed in men over 60, but can be found in men of all ages.

As breast cancer is the same for both men and women, our information about risk factors, diagnosis, staging, and treatment are the same for both.

Breast health starts with knowing your breasts so that you are more likely to notice changes that may lead to problems. The most frequently diagnosed kind of breast cancer in men is found in the breast ducts (ductal carcinoma). Common symptoms are:

a small, painless lump close in the breast

a small discharge from the nipple
It’s important to remember that most breast problems are not breast cancer, but a visit to your doctor will help find out what the problem is and if it needs treatment.

Being a man and being treated for breast cancer can affect how you feel about your body and your sexuality. Whether you’re single or have a partner, talking about these issues and finding information to help you cope can be difficult. A good start is to talk to your healthcare team. They can help you get the information and support that you need.
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