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Although breast cancer is more common in women, it can still occur in men. The S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center provides discrete diagnostic options for men with suspected breast cancer. Male breast cancer is most common in men who are between 60 and 70 years old, although it can occur at any age. Other risk factors include:
- Exposure to estrogen, such as for prostate cancer treatment
- Family history of breast cancer
- Klinefelter's syndrome (if a male has more than one X chromosome)
- Liver disease
- Radiation exposure to the chest
The earlier breast cancer is detected, the greater the chance treatment will be successful. If you notice any of the following, contact your doctor immediately:
- A lump in your breast
- Changes in the skin around your breast, such as redness, scaling or dimpling
- Redness or scaling in a nipple
- Any discharge from a nipple
Diagnosis of a lump or other changes in the breast is performed with a noninvasive mammogram of the breast tissue. If something is found on a mammogram, then an Ultrasound is usually performed to further analyze the finding.
To make an appointment, please call 310-423-8000.