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male teen breast lump

James123 Community Member July 18, 2007
  • My son has had small lumps under both his breasts since he was 12. The doctor told us that this was perfectly normal and the lumps should go away within a few years. However, he will be 17 in a couple of months and the lumps are still there. Should we be worried?
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  • PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    Feb. 05, 2014

    Chase, we're not doctors here, simply well-read breast cancer survivors. Since this is highly unlikely to have anything to do with breast cancer, I'm afraid I've offered you all the information I'm able to. It's up to you now to see a doctor about this. Good luck - PJH

  • Rcgip19
    Aug. 22, 2014
    I am a 13 year old male almost 14 and I just noticed a little bump about the size of my nipple right under my actual nipple, and it looks like it is merging with my nipple a bit. Sometimes it turns white but other times it is red and it hurts a little bit when I touch it. It is on my right nipple, I hope this is that average thing in male puberty.
    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Aug. 22, 2014

      Hi - Many young men your age experience breast lumps; it's fairly commmon during puberty. However, if you're finding this painful, and the lump doesn't go away in a few days, you might consider seeing your doctor; you may have an infection brewing, or some other issue that needs attention. It would be highly unlikely for this to have anything to do with breast...

      RHMLucky777

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      Hi - Many young men your age experience breast lumps; it's fairly commmon during puberty. However, if you're finding this painful, and the lump doesn't go away in a few days, you might consider seeing your doctor; you may have an infection brewing, or some other issue that needs attention. It would be highly unlikely for this to have anything to do with breast cancer, both due to your age, and your sex; so please don't stress over that, OK? Good luck - PJH

  • abgdevz
    May. 31, 2014

    hi 
    i have that gynecomastia and which doctor should i visit?

      now i'm 16 and i have lumps under my nipples about more than three years

     

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      May. 31, 2014

      All of my previous answers to your questions here are still good - I believe you're simply going to have to wait this out. If you want to visit a different doctor than the ones you've been seeing, I'd say visit your local hospital and ask to speak with a social worker. S/he can help you figure out what course of action to take. Good luck - PJH

  • mom
    mom
    Mar. 08, 2014

    My 15 year old son has a lump under his breast. We took him to the Dr and they said this was completely normal for a male going through puberty.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Jan. 27, 2014
    Hi I'm 15 and at the begging of the school year we played a game called scoop dunk and my nipple really started to hurt so at the end of first quarter I saw a bump that hurt when ever something touched it now it's there'd quater and it hasn't gone away it changes shape and size every night. I've told my mom and dad and they said if it doesn't go away in a few...
    RHMLucky777
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    Hi I'm 15 and at the begging of the school year we played a game called scoop dunk and my nipple really started to hurt so at the end of first quarter I saw a bump that hurt when ever something touched it now it's there'd quater and it hasn't gone away it changes shape and size every night. I've told my mom and dad and they said if it doesn't go away in a few weeks they will take me to the doctor. None of my others friends got it during playing the game.
    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Jan. 27, 2014

      Hi - 15 is a very typical age for young men to develop something called gynecomastia, which is actually a natural part of going through puberty. This condition causes painful lumps in the breast. Unfortunately, it can last for several years, and there's nothing you can do to hurry it along. The good news is, it's incredibly unlikely this lump would have anything...

      RHMLucky777

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      Hi - 15 is a very typical age for young men to develop something called gynecomastia, which is actually a natural part of going through puberty. This condition causes painful lumps in the breast. Unfortunately, it can last for several years, and there's nothing you can do to hurry it along. The good news is, it's incredibly unlikely this lump would have anything to do with cancer. It's a good idea to see a doctor about it, just to confirm it's not an infection or something that needs to be treated; but while you're waiting for your appointment, I didn't want you to worry that you might have cancer, because the odds are definitely with you. Take care - PJH

    • Anonymous
      Chase
      Feb. 03, 2014
      My lump has gotten worse it's average size is about as big as a quarter and has become a lot more sensitive to touch so much it hurts when I put on a shirt.
    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Feb. 04, 2014

      Chase, you need to see a doctor. You might have an infection starting. So please speak to a responsible adult who can make an appointment for you, OK? Take care - PJH

    • Anonymous
      Chase
      Feb. 04, 2014
      How could It be a infection
  • juster0703
    Jan. 12, 2014

    I am 13 almost 14 and Ihave a solid lump inside me left nipple it hurts when pressure is applied but either than that it's fine i noticed it 1 - 2 days ago what is it

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Jan. 12, 2014

      Hi - Take a moment to read through this entire thread - you'll learn a lot! You probably have a condition called gynecomastia, which is fairly common in teenage boys going through puberty. It should disappear in a few years. However, if the pain gets more severe or constant; or if the lump seems to be growing, best to see a doctor, OK? You may have an infection...

      RHMLucky777

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      Hi - Take a moment to read through this entire thread - you'll learn a lot! You probably have a condition called gynecomastia, which is fairly common in teenage boys going through puberty. It should disappear in a few years. However, if the pain gets more severe or constant; or if the lump seems to be growing, best to see a doctor, OK? You may have an infection that needs treatment. Good luck - PJH 

       

  • abgdevzt
    Jan. 08, 2014

    I THINK I HAVE GYNECOMASTIA AND I'M 16 AND WHAT CAN I DO?
    IS IT ADVISABLE TO DO OPERATION.
    (i don't know inglish well and i think there are lot's of mistakes) 

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Jan. 08, 2014

      Don't worry about your English mistakes; we're not fussy about that, we just want to help. There's no treatment for gynecomastia; it's one of those conditions you simply have to live through. It should disappear as you get through puberty. For more specific information, please speak to a doctor; a doctor is always your first and best resource for medical issues....

      RHMLucky777

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      Don't worry about your English mistakes; we're not fussy about that, we just want to help. There's no treatment for gynecomastia; it's one of those conditions you simply have to live through. It should disappear as you get through puberty. For more specific information, please speak to a doctor; a doctor is always your first and best resource for medical issues. Take care - PJH

  • Anonymous
    Joe
    Jan. 07, 2014
    Hi everyone I've just turned 15 and have a lump under my right nipple.ive had it for about 2months and I don't know what to do about it also I'm becoming abit scared...
    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Jan. 07, 2014

      Joe, while this is probably just a natural part of puberty, why not mention it to an adult, someone who can advise you? If not your dad, perhaps the school nurse, or a coach, or your mom... We're not doctors here, so can't offer medical advice; but I can say it would be incredibly, INCREDIBLY rare for a young man your age to be diagnosed with breast cancer,...

      RHMLucky777

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      Joe, while this is probably just a natural part of puberty, why not mention it to an adult, someone who can advise you? If not your dad, perhaps the school nurse, or a coach, or your mom... We're not doctors here, so can't offer medical advice; but I can say it would be incredibly, INCREDIBLY rare for a young man your age to be diagnosed with breast cancer, if that's what you're worried about. Still, since you're scared, the best way to get past your fear is to take action by sharing your symptoms with someone who can help. Good luck - PJH 

  • abgdevzt
    Jan. 07, 2014

    HELLO everyone.
    i'm 15 and I have lump under both of my breast and thats very uncoftortable.
    i went to the doctor when i was 12 and he told me that thay would dissapear in one month.
    lumps are sometimes very solid, but sometimes like liquid under my breast.
    i want them to dissapear but can you tell me how to do this .
    please help me !

     

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Jan. 07, 2014

      This is most probably a condition called gynecomastia, which affects young men of your age; it's a natural part of puberty, and while it will eventually disappear, you can't do anything to speed its pace. So try to relax about it, and just let nature take its course, OK? If the swelling increases noticeably and/or becomes painful, see the doctor and find out...

      RHMLucky777

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      This is most probably a condition called gynecomastia, which affects young men of your age; it's a natural part of puberty, and while it will eventually disappear, you can't do anything to speed its pace. So try to relax about it, and just let nature take its course, OK? If the swelling increases noticeably and/or becomes painful, see the doctor and find out what you can do about it; your doctor is, after all, the best one to advise you on this. Good luck - PJH

    • abgdevzt
      Jan. 08, 2014

      i have that lumps more than 3 years and can you tell me approximately when thay would dissapear

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Jan. 08, 2014

      Usually these lumps disappear when you're in your late teens. PJH

  • lathif
    Nov. 12, 2013

    hi i am a 26 year old male and i first noticed a Hard Lump under my right breast when i was in high school. i think it was either sophmore or junior or senior year when i noticed it. i forgot. but it was in high school. i kept it a secret from everyone because it was embarrassing. senior year my mom noticed it when i was walking...

    RHMLucky777

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    hi i am a 26 year old male and i first noticed a Hard Lump under my right breast when i was in high school. i think it was either sophmore or junior or senior year when i noticed it. i forgot. but it was in high school. i kept it a secret from everyone because it was embarrassing. senior year my mom noticed it when i was walking past her and she asked what that is. i told her i didnt know. my parents didnt know what it was. my brothers and sisters made a joke out of it. i dont know what to do. the lump has gotten soft and feels kinda sore when you press on it. i tried getting it checked out when i was 18 so i went to the hospital and they took exrays and those doctors asked if i was trying to sexually play with my breast. i thought to myself "this isnt very professional". i felt embarrassed. after that, they sent the xrays to my primary doctor at the time and i was young and dumb and coouldnt make decisions for myself so i had no one to hold my hand and help me. no one took me to follow up with my doctor. now im 26 and the lump is still there. its gotten bigger but its soft. almost as if its liquid. im really scared and fed up with it. i have tried to go to the hospital for it and the doctors throw me around from one place to the other not really taking care of me. instead they want money for my visit. so i left it alone hoping for a miracle as stupid as that sounds, i was just fed up and i didnt care anymore. is it too late for me to have a surgery and get whatever i have in my breast taken out? thank you

    • mom
      mom
      Nov. 12, 2013

      I think you should see a surgeon. My son just told me tonight he has found one under his right nipple so I'm calling the doc first thing in the morning. Demand answe rs and not getting the run around.

    • Phyllis Johnson
      Health Guide
      Nov. 13, 2013

      Since the lump has been there so long without causing more problems, it probably isn't dangerous.  However, since it is large enough to be noticeable to other people, you should have it checked out again by a doctor for your peace of mind. From your description, it might be a harmless fluid-filled cyst.  If so, the doctor might be able to just drain...

      RHMLucky777

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      Since the lump has been there so long without causing more problems, it probably isn't dangerous.  However, since it is large enough to be noticeable to other people, you should have it checked out again by a doctor for your peace of mind. From your description, it might be a harmless fluid-filled cyst.  If so, the doctor might be able to just drain it with a needle in his office.  If you haven't had general physical in a while, you might want to schedule one and include the lump as part of the discussion of your overall health.  The kind of imaging test that could see if this is a cyst or solid lump is called an ultrasound.  This kind of test is especially effective at distinguishing areas of fluid and can sometimes be done in the doctor's office.  

    • lathif
      Nov. 13, 2013

      thank you for your input and advice. i appreciate it, and it made me feel a little better. i hope its That easy as just draining the fluid out with a needle. but im worried that even if they drain it, i'll have droopy skin around my breast. would i have to get surgery to have the stretched out skin removed or will it go back to normal by itself to look like...

      RHMLucky777

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      thank you for your input and advice. i appreciate it, and it made me feel a little better. i hope its That easy as just draining the fluid out with a needle. but im worried that even if they drain it, i'll have droopy skin around my breast. would i have to get surgery to have the stretched out skin removed or will it go back to normal by itself to look like my left breast?

    • Phyllis Johnson
      Health Guide
      Nov. 13, 2013

      Only the surgeon could tell you what the cosmetic results of removing the lump would be.  Usually skin is pretty flexible, so I don't think there would be a problem, but the doctor can give you the best advice.  

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Nov. 13, 2013

      You're a young man, and I'd suspect your skin is quite elastic. Depending on the size of the lump, I'd say there's a good chance you wouldn't need any cosmetic treatments. Best of luck to you - PJH

    • jason
      Nov. 26, 2013

      im 13 and i have had a hard feeling lump under my left nipple for just over a year now, and it is painful and has been painful since i first noticed it , about a year ago. I havent told my mom or anyone else, but if say i do a push up, and drop to the ground on my chest, it would hurt if my nipple should hit the ground. it is about as big as my nipple around...

      RHMLucky777

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      im 13 and i have had a hard feeling lump under my left nipple for just over a year now, and it is painful and has been painful since i first noticed it , about a year ago. I havent told my mom or anyone else, but if say i do a push up, and drop to the ground on my chest, it would hurt if my nipple should hit the ground. it is about as big as my nipple around and you can actually tell the difference between my nipples. i also have been squeezing the nipple and sometimes some liquid would come out? not much but a little bit at a time and i think it could possibly be a cyst filled with the liquid, and by the way, the liquid is clear. i just dont know what to do, and it kind of depresses me at the fact that its there. please give me some advice or something , i plan on telling my mom tomorrow. thanks

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Nov. 26, 2013

      Jason, I'm sorry you've been having to deal with this - not fun, with everything else you have to go through during puberty! This is almost certainly something called gynecomastia, which is fairly common in young men your age, and is part of the growth process, signaling the high level of hormonal channges that are happening right now. There's nothing you can...

      RHMLucky777

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      Jason, I'm sorry you've been having to deal with this - not fun, with everything else you have to go through during puberty! This is almost certainly something called gynecomastia, which is fairly common in young men your age, and is part of the growth process, signaling the high level of hormonal channges that are happening right now. There's nothing you can or should do about it, other than wait it out; these lumps can sometimes take 2 to 3 years to eventually disappear. 

       

      That said, we're not doctors here; simply well-read breas cancer survivors. Do tell your mom; she'll probably want to have you checked by a doctor, which is good. You shouldn't rely on the Internet for medical advice, though it's a good place to gather information and do research in preparation for a doctor visit. Good luck, and thanks for connecting with us here. PJH

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Nov. 13, 2013

      Hi _ I wrote you a long response last night, and somehow it's no longer showing. But Phyllis is right - this could very well be a cyst. I'll add that a good way to get yourself taken seriously is to tell the doctors that this lump is causing you emotional stress and anxiety, and impacting your daily life. If you continue to feel like you're getting the run-around,...

      RHMLucky777

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      Hi _ I wrote you a long response last night, and somehow it's no longer showing. But Phyllis is right - this could very well be a cyst. I'll add that a good way to get yourself taken seriously is to tell the doctors that this lump is causing you emotional stress and anxiety, and impacting your daily life. If you continue to feel like you're getting the run-around, and you've been trying to see a doctor in a hospital, ask instead to speak to a social worker. S/he can help you develop a "plan of attack" to get this issue taken care of in a way that makes you feel heard and respected. Good luck - PJH

    • lathif
      Nov. 13, 2013

      thank you for your resonse. i am gonna try and see a doctor again and if they're gonna give me the run around then i'll call social services. i could have taken care of this long ago but every time i went to the doctors they gave me the same bullshit.  not this time, i'll make this public if it comes to that.

  • blas
    Nov. 30, 2012

    i am 14 and i got a lump on my both nipples and it hurts when  i pushed down and 1 lump is bigger than the other

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Dec. 01, 2012

      This doesn't sound like a breast cancer symptom; it sounds more like a fairly common condition experienced by many young men your age, right around mid-puberty. It's simply due to hormonal changes. If the lumps get larger and painful; or if you're very worried, you might want to speak to an adult about this, and see a doctor. But other than that, rest assured...

      RHMLucky777

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      This doesn't sound like a breast cancer symptom; it sounds more like a fairly common condition experienced by many young men your age, right around mid-puberty. It's simply due to hormonal changes. If the lumps get larger and painful; or if you're very worried, you might want to speak to an adult about this, and see a doctor. But other than that, rest assured these lumps should disappear within a few months to a year or so, as you finish up puberty. Good luck - PJH

  • boluwatife oladele
    Jul. 02, 2012
    I had a lump in my breast since like one year ago , and it has nt gone since then , I have placed ice onit and I also did some other things , bt it didn't go , am a teenager , and I am scared to die.
    • Phyllis Johnson
      Health Guide
      Jul. 02, 2012

      Teens almost never get breast cancer, and teen males are even less likely than teen girls to get it, so try to put aside your worry about dying.  A lump that has not changed in a year is not likely to be cancer, but it would be a good idea to have a doctor check it out.  It is always a good idea to let the doctor check lumps that don't go away on...

      RHMLucky777

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      Teens almost never get breast cancer, and teen males are even less likely than teen girls to get it, so try to put aside your worry about dying.  A lump that has not changed in a year is not likely to be cancer, but it would be a good idea to have a doctor check it out.  It is always a good idea to let the doctor check lumps that don't go away on their own.

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Jul. 03, 2012

      It's not uncommon for young men your age to have a lump in the breast - it sometimes happens as the results of hormonal change during puberty. If that's the case with your lump, there's nothing you can do to make it go away; over the next couple of years it should gradually diminish in size and disappear. As Phyllis says, you might want to have a doctor check...

      RHMLucky777

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      It's not uncommon for young men your age to have a lump in the breast - it sometimes happens as the results of hormonal change during puberty. If that's the case with your lump, there's nothing you can do to make it go away; over the next couple of years it should gradually diminish in size and disappear. As Phyllis says, you might want to have a doctor check it out at some point, but please don't stress about breast cancer; the chance that you have it is less than 1 in several millions. Take care - PJH

       

  • boluwatife oladele
    Jul. 02, 2012
    I had a lump in my breast since like one year ago , and it has nt gone since then , I have placed ice onit and I also did some other things , bt it didn't go , am a teenager , and I am scared to die.
  • Anonymous
    jason8511
    Jan. 21, 2011

    Ok, I'm a 15 boy and I have a lump just behind my left nipple, and it hurts when I push on it, but my right nipple doesnt have one, nor does it hurt. I talked to my mom and she said that we will keep an eye on it and if it doesn't go away that she would take me to the doctor, and looking at these comments is really starting to scare me. What should I do?

    • Phyllis Johnson
      Health Guide
      Jan. 22, 2011

      Your mom is exactly right.  It's OK to see if the lump goes away on its own as many do.  If it is still there in a few weeks, or if it gets worse, go see the doctor.  Most breast lumps, especially in teen males, are not cancer, so try not to stress.  Don't push on the lump.  Check it about once a week to see if it is still there and...

      RHMLucky777

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      Your mom is exactly right.  It's OK to see if the lump goes away on its own as many do.  If it is still there in a few weeks, or if it gets worse, go see the doctor.  Most breast lumps, especially in teen males, are not cancer, so try not to stress.  Don't push on the lump.  Check it about once a week to see if it is still there and if it is growing or getting larger.

    • Phyllis Johnson
      Health Guide
      Jan. 22, 2011

      Sorry, that last sentence should say " . . . check it to see if it is growing or changing shape and texture."

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Jan. 22, 2011

      Hi - The course of action your mom has planned sounds perfect, as is Phyllis's advice. This kind of breast lump is actually quite common in boys 13-16; it's the result of an imbalance of hormones, brought on my puberty. It usually disappears within 6 months, though it can last up to 2 years. At any rate, a doctor can tell you more about this than we can, so...

      RHMLucky777

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      Hi - The course of action your mom has planned sounds perfect, as is Phyllis's advice. This kind of breast lump is actually quite common in boys 13-16; it's the result of an imbalance of hormones, brought on my puberty. It usually disappears within 6 months, though it can last up to 2 years. At any rate, a doctor can tell you more about this than we can, so if the lump is still there in a few weeks - or certainly if it gets worse quickly - see a doctor. Take care- PJH

    • Anonymous
      Hugo339
      Jul. 01, 2012
      I'm 14 and I've got a lump right under my righ nipple but mine doesn't hurt when I push on it and I first noticed it like a few months ago , told my mom about it she said the same but I am pretty scared also my nipple is kind of raised up. What do I do?
    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Jul. 01, 2012

      Hugo, I'm glad your mom is aware of this - it's always good to let your parents in on your health issues.

       

      As for the lump - have you asked a doctor about it? That's the first thing I'd do. I have no doubt at all that s/he'll tell you this is normal for young men your age, going through puberty, and that the best course of action is simply to wait it...

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      Hugo, I'm glad your mom is aware of this - it's always good to let your parents in on your health issues.

       

      As for the lump - have you asked a doctor about it? That's the first thing I'd do. I have no doubt at all that s/he'll tell you this is normal for young men your age, going through puberty, and that the best course of action is simply to wait it out.

      However, knowing a doctor has seen the issue and signed off on it, so to speak, should help allay your worry. So, if you can get in to talk to a doctor, that would be great; or if not, at least mention this to your school nurse once you're back at school this fall.

       

      In the meantime, if it starts to hurt/grow, then it would be best to see someone sooner; you could have a slow-growing infection of some kind that you'd want to get treated.

       

      Good luck - PJH

  • Anonymous
    kathy
    Apr. 19, 2008

    My son is 16 and has a lump in one of his breast.  I took him to our family doctor who sent us to a surgeon , who recommended surgery.   He said that breast cancer in a teen male is basically not heard of , but he said the lump would not go away on its own.   We are opting for the surgery in a few weeks .  Although this does...

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    My son is 16 and has a lump in one of his breast.  I took him to our family doctor who sent us to a surgeon , who recommended surgery.   He said that breast cancer in a teen male is basically not heard of , but he said the lump would not go away on its own.   We are opting for the surgery in a few weeks .  Although this does make me very nervous.  I hope we are making the right decision.

    • Anonymous
      worriedTeen
      Aug. 02, 2009

      I am worried about myself because a lump has appeared like on the side of my peck should i be really worried

    • K
      K
      Mar. 01, 2010

      I'm curious how the surgery went for your son. How long what and how long was recovery.   We have a 15yr old who has a lump and we are meeting with the plastic surgeon to discuss our options and the surgical procedure they perform. Thanks K

  • Maria Gifford
    Jul. 19, 2007

    Thank you for your SharePost. Although your son has already been examined for the small lumps under his breasts, I agree you should consider getting a second opinion, preferably by a specialist.

     

    Although it's rare, male breast cancer does occur, and any warning signs of possible development, such as breast lumps, should be thoroughly...

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    Thank you for your SharePost. Although your son has already been examined for the small lumps under his breasts, I agree you should consider getting a second opinion, preferably by a specialist.

     

    Although it's rare, male breast cancer does occur, and any warning signs of possible development, such as breast lumps, should be thoroughly evaluated.

     

    See Men Get Breast Cancer, Too by our Expert Patient Commentator PJ Hamel: http://www.healthcentral.com/breast-cancer/c/78/3131/men-cancer/.

     

    Best of luck to you and your son.  - M 

  • Anonymous
    Ray
    Jul. 18, 2007
    I had them in both nipples on and off until I was in my mid twenties, then they disappeared for good. I am 63 but I would have him re-examined by another doctor.