Breast Cancer in Men: Screening

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 07/2019

ON THIS PAGE:You will find out more about screening for breast cancer. You will also learn the risks and benefits of screening. Use the menu to see other pages.

Screening is used to look for cancer before you have any symptoms or signs. Scientists have developed, and continue to develop, tests that can be used to screen a person for specific types of cancer. The overall goals of cancer screening are to:

  • Lower the number of people who die from the disease, or eliminate deaths from cancer altogether

  • Lower the number of people who develop the disease

Learn more about the basics of cancer screening.

Screening information for men with breast cancer

Men should become familiar with the feel of their breast and chest wall tissue, so they can talk with their doctor if they notice any lump or change. Mammograms are not routinely offered to men and may be difficult to perform because of the small amount of breast tissue. A doctor may recommend screening mammography for men with a genetic mutation that increases the risk of developing the disease (see Risk Factors).

The next section in this guide is Symptoms and Signs. It explains what body changes or medical problems breast cancer can cause. Use the menu to choose a different section to read in this guide.