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Father and Daughter Diagnosed with Breast Cancer "Comfort Each Other"

For men, breast cancer symptoms are identical to symptoms in women

The truth of the matter is that both girls and boys / women and men have breast tissue. Certain hormones in girls’/women’s’ bodies triggers their breast tissue to develop into full breasts. However, boys’/men’s bodies do not have as much of these hormones and therefore, their breast tissue remains flat. Still, boys and men may be seen with medium-sized or large breasts, possibly due to the accumulation of fat within the breast tissue. Other times, men can develop full breasts from taking certain medications or experiencing abnormal hormone levels. But men do not need fully developed breasts to get breast cancer. Signs and symptoms of breast cancer in men are quite similar to those in women. They include a painless lump, pain and redness of the nipple, discharge from the nipple, breast pain, swelling of all or part of the breast, skin irritation and changes around the skin covering the breast.