• jo_ee jo_ee
    April 20, 2011
    Male with lump under nipple?
    jo_ee jo_ee
    April 20, 2011

    Hi. I am a 21-year-old GUY and I am worried I might have breast cancer. I know that seems really crazy. But here are my reasons for thinking this. (P.S. I am a HUGE hypochodriac, I have thought within the past 2 years that I have had every type of serious illness out there.)

    So anyways, exactly one week ago today I felt a sharp pain on the top half of my right nipple. It came literally out of nowhere. I went into the bathroom to check it out and everything looked normal, just a bit red in that area that was hurting. The pain lasted for a good three days. Then of course with my crazy thinking brain I Googled what this could be and breast cancer came up as a possibility, especially since I felt a round lump directly under that nipple and not under the other one. So I frantically started to pinch around my chest on both sides looking for lumps. By pinching around with my index and thumb fingers I felt soft squishy lumps on both sides on the outer sides of the nipples and underneath both. But by using the first three fingers and pressing around in a clock motion routine, I don't feel anything. Only when pinching around and feeling the lumps in the exact same areas. But the good news is that the pain that started all this fear, the nipple pain and lump underneath the nipple, is gone!! And I should also mention that I don't have any nipple discharge or dimpling or any of those signs. Im hoping someone can tell me what this could be. If not, thanks for taking the time to read this.

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  • Phyllis Johnson
    Health Guide
    April 21, 2011
    Phyllis Johnson
    Health Guide
    April 21, 2011

    Since breast cancer symptoms rarely, if ever, go away on their own, I think you can put aside the breast cancer worries.  You might have had a bruise or an infection in the area that hurt.  

    Breast cancer is rare in men.  The main risk factor for male breast cancer is genetic.  In a family where there have been female breast cancer cases when the women were young (say in their twenties and thirties) genetic testing can help determine whether a man is at risk for breast cancer.  So if you have parents, aunts, or sisters who had breast cancer when they were young, you should be alert for breast changes.  Otherwise, breast cancer should be the last of your worries.

    If that redness and pain return, I'd suggest seeing a doctor just in case you have an infection that needs an antibiotic.  The lumpiness you are feeling is probably normal breast tissue.

    Here are some links you might find useful!

    Tips for Healthy Breasts

    10 Breast Cancer Myths Debunked

    Can Olive Oil Help Prevent Breast Cancer?

     

    • jo_ee
      April 21, 2011
      jo_ee
      April 21, 2011

      hi and thank you so much for responding. also thank you so much for the advice and knowledge. all of this really did put my mind at ease. except for the fact that u said male breast cancer is genetic which i have also read before. only problem is i dont have the luxurary if thats the correct term to use is knowing of family medical history since i am adopted. luckily though, i have been blessed with good health in my life. so maybe at some point since i am a hypochondriac as i previously mentioned, genetic testing will come into play.

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    • PJ Hamel
      April 22, 2011
      PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      April 22, 2011

      Not knowing your biological family medical history can be tough; but luckily, with most health conditions influenced by genetics, the risk you'll come down with any particular condition is still low. Less than 1% of the population of U.S. women has an actual genetic predisposition to breast cancer, for instance. So - even though you're a hypochondriac (and it's good you realize that), try not to stress; the odds that you'll remain healthy are always on your side. Take care- PJH

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