While we usually think of women when we talk of breasts, men have breasts, too. And like women, they at times have to cope with breast pain, breast enlargement, nipple pain, and even breast cancer. Unfortunately, in our breast-fixated society, it can be embarrassing for a man to bring up concerns he has about his breasts. And, most of the time, men don't sip a cup of tea and talk to other men about their breast pain. Let's take a close look at some of the potential causes of breast pain or swelling in men, including when men may need to be concerned about male breast cancer. Before puberty begins and hormone levels shift and rise, female and male breasts look very much alike.
A Breast Lump in a Male
Breast Pain in Males: Causes and Treatment
Males and females are both born with breast tissue and mammary glands. However, males are still at risk for conditions affecting breast tissue. Breast cancer is a very rare cause of breast pain in males, though the condition may be more common than you might think. Other causes can include injury or noncancerous diseases of breast tissue. And pain that may seem to originate in the breast may be related to the heart or the muscles and tendons of the chest.
Understanding Causes of Male Breast Pain and Swelling
Fred Schubert is a retired physician with both writing and teaching experience during his professional career, reaching back to Since he has been writing periodic articles on general science for his local newspaper, "The Dalles Chronicle. The male breast is composed of a mixture of tissue types, any of which may give rise to a mass or swelling. Cancerous breast tumors in men are rare but do occur.