Breast Cancer, Male: Screening

Aprobado por la Junta Editorial de Cancer.Net, 12/2022

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

  • Identify people who may need more frequent screening or a different type of screening because they have a higher risk of developing cancer due to genetic mutations, hereditary syndromes, or family history

Learn more about the basics of cancer screening.

How are people screened for male breast cancer?

Everyone should become familiar with the feel of their breasts 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. This test may be difficult to perform if there is only a small amount of breast tissue. A doctor may recommend screening mammography if there is a genetic mutation that increases the risk of developing male breast cancer (see Risk Factors).

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