Forward to 4A on atypical hyperplasia Back to 3C on fibroadenoma. Benign they say! The mesenchymal and skin-associated tumors described in the female breast may also occur in the male breast.
If the cancer cells have spread to your lymph nodes, there is a higher chance that the cells could have also traveled through the lymph system and spread metastasized to other parts of your body. The more lymph nodes with breast cancer cells, the more likely it is that the cancer may be found in other organs. Because of this, finding cancer in one or more lymph nodes often affects your treatment plan.
While we usually think of women when we talk of breasts, men have breasts, too. And like women, they at times have to cope with breast pain, breast enlargement, nipple pain, and even breast cancer. Unfortunately, in our breast-fixated society, it can be embarrassing for a man to bring up concerns he has about his breasts.
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When you do breast imaging in a male, always stick to the following rule: 'If it is not normal, gynecomastia or classically benign, it needs a biopsy'. So, first we're going to give you a couple of examples of the normal male breast, just to get used to what normal looks like. Then we will discuss gynecomastia and finally discuss some specific tumors.
Males and females are both born with breast tissue and mammary glands. However, males are still at risk for conditions affecting breast tissue. Breast cancer is a very rare cause of breast pain in males, though the condition may be more common than you might think.
A benign breast condition refers to a lump, cyst, or nipple discharge fluid of the female or male breast that is not cancerous. There are numerous benign breast conditions. For women, the most common ones are:. These are rare in men.
Breast cysts are fluid-filled sacs inside the breast, which are usually not cancerous benign. You can have one or many breast cysts and they can happen in one or both breasts. They're often described as round or oval lumps with distinct edges.
The male breast is much smaller than its female counterpart, and it cannot produce milk. Because of this smaller size and simpler structure, breast disease is much less common in men than women. Still, men can develop important breast problems, both benign and malignant. Early detection is the key to a successful outcome, so every man should understand the basic elements of male breast disease.