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Men with Breast Cancer

If you’re a man who’s been diagnosed with breast cancer, turn to the Hoffman Breast Center at Mount Auburn Hospital. You’ll receive comprehensive, high-quality care coupled with programs especially for you.

How Common is Male Breast Cancer?

About 1 percent of breast cancer cases are found in men. At the Hoffman Breast Center, you’ll find a team of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals experienced in treating this condition.

Risk Factors for Male Breast Cancer

You may have a higher risk of developing breast cancer if you experience:

  • BRCA2 gene mutation
  • Family history of breast cancer
  • Gynecomastia (enlarged breast tissue)
  • High levels of estrogen
  • Radiation exposure earlier in life

Warning Signs of Breast Cancer in Men

Contact your doctor if you experience:

  • Lump, hard knot or thickening in the breast, chest or underarm area
  • Change in the size or shape of the breast
  • Dimpling, puckering or redness of the skin of the breast
  • Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
  • Pulling in of the nipple or other parts of the breast
  • Nipple discharge

Don’t put off seeing a health provider. Breast cancer is easier to treat when it’s found early.

Specialized Support for Men

Count on the team at Mount Auburn Hospital to help you feel comfortable as you pursue breast cancer treatment. You’ll take advantage of the same advanced cancer treatments, support services and survivorship resources as our female patients, but we’ll pay special attention to your unique concerns.

Because a large percentage of male breast cancer is genetic, we’ll suggest genetic testing and counseling. We’ll also address fertility concerns and help you create a survivorship plan that helps you get back in shape and improve your overall well-being.

Resources for Men with Breast Cancer

Explore these online resources to learn more about male breast cancer:

Learn More About the Hoffman Breast Center

To make an appointment or learn more about the Hoffman Breast Center, call 617-499-5755.
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