Topic: Male Breast Cancer?

Forum: Not Diagnosed But Worried — For those who are experiencing symptoms or received concerning test results, but haven't been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Posted on: Apr 15, 2022 08:29PM

Posted on: Apr 15, 2022 08:29PM

anxiousmale21 wrote:

Hi everyone, I don’t know if this is the right place to post but I just needed a place to vent. I’m a 21 year old male with severe health anxiety and i feel like I’m losing my mind. I have looked all over google for answers and all the symptoms match breast cancer. I am a healthy male with no major health problems except for high blood pressure which is under control.

This all started 3 weeks ago, I woke up with a lot of pain on my chest and it made my whole chest hurt, I started feeling around my chest to see where I could feel the pain and the pain would increase once I touched my nipple. Then a few hours later my skin turned red all around the nipple. I ended up going to the ER and was diagnosed with cellulitis, they gave me a weeks worth of anti biotics which helped with the pain and redness.

However when I finished the anti biotics, I could still feel a hard bumpy lump behind my right nipple and I noticed my right nipple starting to flake. I went back to the GP and gave me another course of anti biotics which made the swelling go down a bit. But as I finished these anti biotics I could still feel a hard lump behind my nipple and it’s stressing me out because it’s not going away! That made me turn to google to look for possible answers and the only thing other that breast cancer was Gyno but I ruled that out since Gyno does not cause redness or nipple flaking.

Fast forward to this day, my GP sent me for an ultra sound next week to see what the lump is about and I am so nervous. Currently my nipple is painful and I could see it flaking and I also have pain when I touch my lump. I know BC is rare in male but maybe I’m just one of the unlucky ones. I do have a family history of cancer but not breast cancer. My aunt passed from ovarian cancer, grandpa passed from pancreatic cancer. I don’t know what’s going on.. I was fine last month, unless I just had a slow growing tumor growing in me and I never found out until now? I will wait and see next week what they tell me, I am praying it’s nothing serious :/

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Apr 15, 2022 10:53PM - edited Apr 15, 2022 10:54PM by parakeetsrule

Most likely it's nothing serious but the good news is that even if it is, the doctor is taking it seriously and investigating! That's great. So many people get ignored but if something sketchy is going on with that lump, it sounds like they'll figure out what. I hope the venting session helped and let us know how the ultrasound goes!

Stage 2 at 37, Stage 4 at 41. Cancer is dumb. Cookies are good. Dx 3/21/2017, IDC, Left, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 5/15/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 12/8/2021 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Targeted Therapy 12/13/2021 Piqray (alpelisib) Dx IDC, Other, Stage IV, ER+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery Lymph node removal (Left); Mastectomy (Left) Radiation Therapy Whole breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Apr 15, 2022 11:00PM moth wrote:

Glad you're getting an ultrasound to check it out. It's more likely to be benign than not, but it needs to be diagnosed and treated no matter what it is. Try to not touch the area in the meantime & try to not stress about it too - I know easier said than done but really, make an effort to distract yourself. Don't be nervous about something that hasn't happened yet. You're doing all the right things, just wait for the next step.

I take weekends off

Initial dx at 50. Seriously?? “Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely and we’re left with only the choice of what to do next." blog: Never Tell Me the Odds

Dx 12/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 12/12/2017 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph node removal Chemotherapy 2/14/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2018 Whole breast: Breast Dx 2/2020, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/18/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Immunotherapy 3/19/2020 Tecentriq (atezolizumab) Chemotherapy 11/26/2020 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/9/2020 External Hormonal Therapy 12/16/2020 Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy 3/3/2021 External Local Metastases 3/3/2021 Radiation therapy: Bone Targeted Therapy 1/1/2022 Trodelvy (sacituzumab govitecan-hziy) Chemotherapy 6/1/2022 Other
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Apr 16, 2022 06:14AM malebreastc wrote:


I have been one of the unlucky ones diagnosed 17 years back, but the positive is that I am going strong since all these years, even if you arediagnosed and are in the same boat, just remember that it is curable as well as treatable.

I guess your MO will order a Fnac and biopsy for quick diagnosis.

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Apr 19, 2022 02:09PM anxiousmale21 wrote:

Hi everyone, I appreciate all the replies. I didn’t think anyone would reply so to see some people care makes me feel good. You guys are a really supportive community.

I just got my ultra sound done and now I am waiting for the results! Will update again once I get them.

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