Pharmacist shares red flag sign of breast cancer in men – See your GP

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Contrary to popular belief, breast cancer doesn’t only affect women and people with wombs. 

In fact, all men have a small amount of breast tissue where breast cancer can strike.

Cancer Research UK explains that there are around 370 men diagnosed with the condition each year in the UK. 

While male breast cancer is considered rare, symptom awareness still remains key, according to Abbas Kanani, pharmacist at Chemist Click Online Pharmacy.

The expert recommended being “vigilant” and checking “regularly” for any changes to the breast. 

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Similarly to breast cancer in women, the key red flag sign is a lump in the breast, Kanani explained.

He said: “A lump tends to only happen in one breast, growing under or around the nipple. Lumps are [usually] painless, [but] in rare cases they can hurt. 

“The lump tends to feel hard or rubbery, does not move around within the breast, feels bumpy rather than smooth and gets bigger over time.”

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The good news is that most lumps and swellings are not a sign of cancer. 

Kanani said: “They’re usually caused by something fairly harmless, such as enlarged male breast tissue (gynaecomastia), a fatty lump (lipoma), or a fluid-filled bump (cyst).”

This is where other signs could step in, helping to identify whether your lump could be a symptom of the sinister condition.

The pharmacist recommended looking out for the following:

  • Nipple turning inwards
  • Nipple discharge which may be streaked with blood
  • Sore or rash around the nipple that does not go away
  • The nipple or surrounding skin becoming hard
  • Red or swollen or small bumps in the armpit (swollen glands).

If you identify any symptoms of breast cancer, it’s crucial to “see your GP”, Kanani added. 

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