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. And, most of the time, men don't sip a cup of tea and talk to other men about their breast pain.
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. Usually, surgery to remove one or more lymph nodes will be needed to know whether the cancer has spread. Still, not all men with cancer cells in their lymph nodes develop metastases to other areas, and some men can have no cancer cells in their lymph nodes and later develop metastases. Gynecomastia is the most common male breast disorder.
Whenever tissue is removed from the body to check for cancer, a report is written, called the pathology report. Each report has the results of lab tests that were done on your tissue. Your pathology report answers the following questions:.
Find out about breast cancer in men, how it is diagnosed and treated, and where to get help and support. Breast cancer is rare in men. There are some similarities between male breast cancer and female cancer. But there are also important differences between the two. The most common type in both women and men is called 'invasive breast carcinoma - no special type'.