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Male Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is not a disease for women — it affects men too.

Breast cancer is usually associated as a disease that affects only women. But according to the American Cancer Society, around 2,550 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.

The cause of breast cancer in men is not known, but a small percentage of men diagnosed carry a BRCA2 gene defect. Men who are diagnosed with breast cancer notice a lump around the nipple where breast tissue lives. Other symptoms of breast cancer in men are:

  • Dimpled skin around the breast
  • Nipple discharge
  • Nipple turning inward
  • Redness or scaling of the breast or nipple

If you are experiencing symptoms of breast cancer, contact your physician.

Additional health and wellness information

If you're a Highmark member, you have access to a secure, members-only website that provides information about male breast cancer. To access your Highmark member website, select the service region noted on your member ID card. After logging in, select the "Wellness" tab and type "male breast cancer" in the search field.