Breast cancer symptoms: This sign in men could indicate the deadly disease

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. While one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime, one in 870 men will have the disease detected. 

It usually occurs in men over the age of 60, but very occasionally younger men can be affected. 

Men diagnosed with male breast cancer at an early stage have a good chance for a cure, but still many men delay seeing their doctors if they notice one of the usual signs or symptoms, such as a lump. 

Are you aware of all the signs of breast cancer in men. 

According to the NHS, symptoms of breast cancer in men include: 

  • A lump in the breast - this is usually hard, painless and doesn’t move around within the breast 
  • The nipple turning inwards (inverted nipple)
  • Fluid oozing from the nipple (nipple discharge), which may be streaked with blood 
  • A sore or rash around the nipple that doesn’t go away 
  • The nipple or surrounding skin becoming hard, red or swollen
  • Small bumps in the armpit (swollen glands)

See your GP if you have: 

  • A lump in your breast 
  • Any other worrying symptoms, such as nipple discharge 
  • A history of breast cancer (in men or women) in close members of your family and you’re worried about your chances of getting it

The NHS states: “It’s very unlikely you have cancer, but it’s best to get checked out. Your GP will examine your breast and can refer you for tests and scans for breast cancer if needed. 

“If you don’t have symptoms but have a clear family history of breast cancer, your GP may refer you to a genetic specialist to discuss your risk of getting it. 

“There are some inherited genes that increase your risk of cancer and a blood test can be done to check for these.” 

Breast cancer can resurface after remaining dormant for 15 years following successful treatment, according to a study at the end of last year.