Breast cancer doesn't just affect women. Although male breast cancer is a rare occurrence, survival rates are similar to that of women making it just as important to look out for symptoms.
New research conducted by YouGov on behalf of Insurancewith.com has revealed that unfortunately 13 per cent of men aged 18-24 are unaware of how to recognise common signs of breast cancer – so they created a handy guide on exactly what to look out for...
350 men in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer every year
Despite 350 men being diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK alone every year, research showed that 24 per cent of men don't think they could be affected by the condition. The risks increase as they get older – those affected can develop the disease when they are over 60.
Symptoms of breast cancer in men can be easy to spot if you regularly check yourself – but if you are worried you should always seek advice from your GP.
It's important to know common symptoms to look out for
Although symptoms will inevitably differ from person to person, there are a few common ones you should keep an eye out for:
1. A lump in the breast
2. Scaliness around the nipple
3. Tenderness or skin irritation
4. Nipple discharge
5. Pain and inflammation in the nipple area
6. The nipple beginning to turn on itself
Other symptoms could also include bone pain, swelling around the armpit, shortness of breath, nausea and itchy skin.
It's important to consider other factors to determine if you could be at risk. For example, men with higher oestrogen levels or who have history of cancer in their family could be more at risk. Being overweight or leading a particularly unhealthy lifestyle could also increase chances of a diagnosis – speak with your GP if you are concerned.
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