Male breast cancer: Anyone other men out there with breast cancer?

Posted by racing212 @racing212, Jul 25, 2019

Any one know anything about it I’m a 50 yo male. I had a mammogram and it showed a mass

Hi @racing212,

I moved your message to the Cancer group to make it easier to connect with others who might have similar symptoms.
Breast cancer in men is usually detected as a hard lump underneath the nipple and areola. Even though males do not develop milk-producing breasts, a man’s breast cells and tissue can still develop cancer. https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/male-breast-cancer

Here are some posts on Connect that might interest you:
– A Male Mammogram Brings Relief, Life and Marketing Lessons https://connect.mayoclinic.org/2016/10/13/a-male-mammogram-brings-relief-life-and-marketing-lessons/
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/male-breast-cancer-mayo-clinic/

I’m also tagging @wolfbauer and @colleenyoung to see if they might be able to shed more light on the results of your mammogram. In the meantime, may I if your doctor has offered an explanation? Were you experiencing symptoms that led to the need for a mammogram?

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I have pain and hard lumps.

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@racing212

I have pain and hard lumps.

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@racing212, have you had a follow-up appointment with your doctor to review the results of the mammogram and the pain and lumps you're experiencing?

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Not yet. She wants to do another ultrasound first.. And thats in August

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@robbiemilammusicman

I am just now starting my journey with male breast cancer. Cannot find any support groups for men, just the ladies – no offense to the ladies. Just want to talk with someone about their experience and what to possibly expect. I am scheduled for surgery on Monday, January 6th for breast and lymph node removal but oncologist is suggesting that I do chemo first then the surgery. Extremely overwhelmed and confused. not feeling well either.

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@robbiemilammusicman
Dear Robbie. Although I'm a woman, I can sympathize and identify with how overwhelming a breast cancer diagnosis, and its subsequent treatment can be. While you wait to find a support group here, you may be interested in an excellent overview of male breast cancer from the American Cancer Society at https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer-in-men/treating/chemotherapy.html. Best of luck to you on this journey.

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I am just now starting my journey with male breast cancer. Cannot find any support groups for men, just the ladies – no offense to the ladies. Just want to talk with someone about their experience and what to possibly expect. I am scheduled for surgery on Monday, January 6th for breast and lymph node removal but oncologist is suggesting that I do chemo first then the surgery. Extremely overwhelmed and confused. not feeling well either.

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@robbiemilammusicman

I am just now starting my journey with male breast cancer. Cannot find any support groups for men, just the ladies – no offense to the ladies. Just want to talk with someone about their experience and what to possibly expect. I am scheduled for surgery on Monday, January 6th for breast and lymph node removal but oncologist is suggesting that I do chemo first then the surgery. Extremely overwhelmed and confused. not feeling well either.

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Hi @robbiemilammusicman, I'd like to add my welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You'll notice that I moved your message to an existing discussion about male breast cancer. I did this so that you can connect with @racing212 and @wolfbauer.

Robbie, you're so right that the land of breast cancer is usually dominated by women talking about breast cancer. Men get breast cancer too. You are most welcome here and will definitely learn from and with others who have breast cancer. While there are differences in the journey with male breast cancer, there are also similarities.

You mention that you are overwhelmed -that's understandable – and confused. Please ask questions. We might be able to help diffuse the confusion. What symptoms are making you not feel well. Are you still scheduled for surgery on Monday or have you decided to do chemo first to shrink the tumor?

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