Problems of the Breast for Men

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Many men's breast problems are common and not a cause for concern. They are usually temporary and will go away on their own. There are some that can be serious such as breast cancer. Some can be embarrassing and even thought they are not causing a medical concern, there may be some psychological factors involved.

Gynecomastia

  • Swelling of the breast underneath the nipple can be Gynecomastia. This is a condition that occurs in men's breasts. This condition is usually nothing to be concerned about. Its occurrence is usually in males between 10 and 25 years of age. It can make the breasts tender and will usually go away in a few years. Causes can be hormonal or from certain medications. It is best to confer with your doctor.

Pseudogynecomastia

  • Pseudogynecomastia or false gynecomastia is extra fat on men and boys breast, giving them the appearance of having breasts. It is also referred to as "man boobs." This condition causes no medical concerns, although it may have some psychological affects especially on younger males who need to participate in gym and other activities where they would need to be shirtless. This can be addressed by diet if you are overweight. There are also surgeries to remove this excess fat.

Calcium Deposits

  • Calcium deposits in breasts appear in women and men. They are benign deposits that feel like lumps underneath the skin. Calcium deposits send many people to the doctor fearing breast cancer. This is a good practice because you would need a mammogram to distinguish between the two. These deposits are not cause for concern unless they become large and uncomfortable.

Runner's Nipple

  • Runner's nipple frequently occurs in men that jog. The friction from loose clothes rubbing on the nipple can cause them to become red, cracked and sore. Petroleum jelly or antibiotic ointment will usually relieve the discomfort. Covering the nipples with bandages while running will prevent further irritation. See your doctor if they will not heal or become infected.

Breast Cancer

  • The symptoms of breast cancer in men are the same as they are with women. A lump that is painless appears under the skin on the breast. The lump can also be under the nipple. Other symptoms are skin puckering or dimpling, nipple discharge, and changes in the skin or the nipple. This can be serious so it is necessary to see your doctor as soon as possible.

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