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“Wait, did he just say I had breast cancer? That word scared the beejeezus out of me! I couldn't relate and I thought he was questioning my manhood because women die from this, not men.”


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Your Self chec Keeping Healthy Guide

As hard as it might be to believe, men can get breast cancer, too. Make it a monthly habit to check your breasts for any lumps, especially after age 40.

What You Need To Know


Anatomy of the male breast; drawing shows the nipple, areola, fatty tissue, ducts, nearby lymph nodes, ribs, and muscle.

Image: NCI

A man’s breast cancer risk is much lower than a woman’s, about 1 in 1,000 for American men compared to 1 in 8 for American women. That means that about 1 percent of breast cancers affect men.

However, some factors can increase this risk: 

  • Having the BRCA2 or BRCA1 gene mutation or a first-degree relative with the mutation raises a man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer from about 1 percent to about 7 percent. It’s recommended that men with the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation start prostate cancer screening at age 40. 
  • Having a strong family history of breast cancer—for example, your mother and/or sister was diagnosed with it at 40 or younger
  • Being exposed to radiation
  • Having a disease linked to high levels of estrogen in the body, such as cirrhosis of the liver or Klinefelter syndrome, another genetic disorder.

Screening For Breast Cancer
What You Can Do

Breast cancer screening tests are recommended for some men at higher risk so that breast cancer can be found early, when treatment is likely to be more successful. 

Breast cancer screening recommendations for men at higher risk are different from recommendations for women:

  • A clinical breast exam every 6 to 12 months, starting at age 35
  • Regular mammograms. Talk to your doctor about the appropriate age to start, usually at age 40. Results of your first mammogram will help determine the timing of future mammograms, possibly once a year.

* Beginning at age 40, do a monthly Breast Self-chec at the same time you do your Testicular Self-chec. By touching your breasts monthly, you will notice any changes that may take place. Do this by using light, medium and firm pressure with the inner pads of your three middle fingers. If you’d like a more detailed description of more actions to take click here

Self chec thinks it’s important for you to know what a breast self-chec looks like. Please see the list of guidelines as well as a copy of the woman’s video breast chec below. Become more proactive and empower yourself towards a healthier life.

We are grateful to for permitting Self chec to share this very important video with you.

Women’s Breast VIDEO how-to-guide

* Being aware of the warning signs of breast cancer. Men tend to have less breast tissue than women, making some of these signs easier to notice or feel.

Check for Guidelines:

Abnormal swelling in either the breast, nipple, or chest muscle

✓ Lump, hard knot or thickening in the breast, chest or underarm area—this is usually not painful, but may be tender 

✓ Other changes in the size or shape of the breast

Skin dimpling or puckering

✓ Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple

Nipple that retracts, or turns inward

Redness on the nipple or breast

Nipple discharge

Some of these symptoms may be from a non-cancerous breast condition. But if you notice any changes in your breast or nipple, see your healthcare provider right away.

If you find something suspicious CLICK HERE

This Breast Self-chec is not a substitute for seeing your doctor yearly.


IMPORTANT: The information on the cancer pages of this site was culled by the director of Self chec and initially reviewed by the folks at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on the newest information from the national cancer advisory organizations, including, but not limited to, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and American Cancer Society. We recognize that the national cancer advisory organizations sometimes do not agree about specific cancer guidelines, often making it confusing to the public about what to do. That is why we are asking you to err on the side of caution by always consulting a healthcare professional to advise you in the healthy choices you will make. Thank you.


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    Thank you for sharing this helpful info here.

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