Gynecomastia and Breast Cancer

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San Jose, CA-Breast cancer is less common in men (1 in 1,000) than women (1 in 8) because men have lower levels of female hormones and less breast tissue. Men with gynecomastia, also known as moob’s have more breast tissue than normal, and many feel a button or disk like growth under the areola. This can be benign, or a possible cancerous tumor, and they need to have their breasts checked by the best top plastic cosmetic surgeon.

There can be many causes for the male breast to develop as discussed in the blog dated May 15, 2013. In many cases, the cause remains unknown. Even though the incidence of breast cancer in men remains low, at 1% of all breasts cancers, it needs to be ruled out.

Breast cancer in adolescent boys is extremely low; it is more likely found in men over 60 years of age.

There are several risk factors related to breast cancer for men. Men at risk might not develop breast cancer and others who have no apparent risk may, there is no way to prove the actual cause.

It is wise to be informed of possible risks so that one can take measures to protect themselves. Some of the risks are; obesity, fat cells in men converts the male hormones into female hormones, this means the estrogen level is higher in the obese male body.

Some men with prostate cancer have been treated with estrogen related drugs, it is believed this treatment many increase the risk of breast cancer.

Heavy alcohol consumption affects the liver, and the liver carries hormones in the blood, the man with cirrhosis of the liver will have estrogen levels and lower levels of androgen resulting in a higher rate of developing man boobs and a higher risk of developing breast cancer.

Gynecomastia and Breast Cancer man front photo
This 29-year-old San Francisco Bay Area man is 6’4” and 275 lbs. He has never been able to expose his chest without feeling uncomfortable. He underwent glandular excision and suction-assisted lipectomy of the chest and axillae.

There are many more factors that can influence the threat of breast cancer in men; some occupations such as working in a hot climate may affect hormone levels, radiation exposure, and family history of breast cancer, aging, inherited gene mutations, and congenital conditions such as Klinefelter’s Syndrome.

The main thing men can do to protect themselves is maintain a healthy body weight through a wholesome diet and regular exercise, and limiting alcohol consumption.

Early detection can be lifesaving, although men are notorious for being negligent in seeking medical advice even when they may present with symptoms. Some symptoms to watch for are; skin changing around the areola or puckering or dimpling, bloody or opaque discharge from the nipple, a firm non-painful mass below the nipple. Usually it is the woman in a man’s life that is responsible for the man seeking an evaluation. It is routine that breast tissue samples are sent to pathology for all breast reduction surgeries to rule out breast cancer. The cost for pathology many times is covered with insurance, but even if it is not, it is a small price to pay for peace of mind.

Breast Cancer in men are rare.

Dr. Delgado in all his years of performing breast reduction treatment on men and women has only had two women that he had to inform that breast cancer was found through the pathology test and as unfortunate as this is for those women; he may have saved their lives through the discovery. So far, there have not been any reported cases of discovery of breast cancer in any of his male patients that have undergone male breast reduction surgery.

Patients who are contemplating gynecomastia surgery are invited to call for a consultation with Dr. Delgado who is a gynecomastia specialist. Newly added to the office is “CoolSculpting”, a non-invasive fat reduction treatment for the love handles and abdomen that has proved to be a very popular treatment for men and women alike.