The most common symptom of is a painless lump. But, early breast cancer is often found on a before a lump can be felt. Other breast problems that need to be evaluated by a doctor include:
- A thickening in the breast or armpit.
- A change in the size or shape of the breast.
- Changes in the skin of the breast, such as a dimple or skin that looks like an orange peel.
- A change in the nipple, such as scaling of the skin, a nipple that turns in, or discharge or bleeding.
- A change in the color or feel of the skin around the nipple.
Any breast lump in an adult male is considered abnormal and needs to be evaluated by a doctor.9, 10
If you notice any changes in your breasts, call your doctor to arrange for an evaluation.
Who To See
Health professionals who can perform a breast exam include a:
- or a surgeon who specializes in diseases of the breast.
Mammogram are usually read by .
You may see a general surgeon, a breast surgeon, or a radiologist if further evaluation of a breast problem is needed.
Breast cancer is treated by surgeons, , and .
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.