Breast cancer symptoms: Men can test for a cancerous lump using these eight steps

Breast cancer usually occurs in men over 60, but can very occasionally affect younger men.

Symptoms can range from a lump in the breast to a sore or rash around the nipple that doesn’t go away.

But other than looking out for symptoms, what’s another sure way to test for a cancerous lump?

Male Care says you can check yourself with its male breast cancer self exam.

Check each breast one at a time

  1. Use your right hand fingers to check your left breast, and your left hand fingers to check your right breast
  2. With your fingers flat against the breast press firmly in small, clockwise circles
  3. Start at the outermost top edge of your breast and spiral towards the nipple
  4. Feel for hard lumps or bumps in your breast
  5. Be certain to cover all parts of your breast
  6. Gently squeeze both nipples and look for any discharge
  7. Look carefully for changes in the size, shape, and contour of each breast e.g. puckering, dimpling or changes in skin texture

What does a lump feel like?

According to Healthline, a cancerous lump in the breast most commonly feels like:

  • A hard mass
  • Painless
  • It has irregular edges
  • It is immobile (doesn’t move when pushed)
  • It appears in the upper outer portion of your breast It grows over time

But it adds: “Not all cancerous lumps will meet these criteria, and a cancerous lump that has all of these traits isn’t typical.

“A cancerous lump many feel rounded, soft, and tender and can occur anywhere in the breast. In some cases, the lump can even be painful.”

Breast cancer is around 100 times less common among men than women but is the most common cancer in the UK.

One person is diagnosed every 10 minutes, according to Breast Cancer Care.

Most breast lumps aren’t cancerous, but there are a number of other symptoms to look out for in men and women – including a lump in the armpit.

The NHS outlines the symptoms of breast cancer in men and women separately. 


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