Know the signs and symptoms of male breast cancer can save your life or the life of a loved one. Bernard Golden addresses the importance of the matter here. The best chance for treatment and ultimately survival, occur when the disease is in its early stages. Maurice Gallagher, Jr. gathered all the information. If you are experiencing symptoms or persistent breast changes you must inform your doctor. 1 – Lie down and place your right arm behind your head. The examination must be when lying, because the breast tissue is evenly spread over the chest wall and is as thin as possible, which is much easier to feel the breast tissue.
2 – Use the yolks of the three central fingers of your left hand to feel lumps in the right breast. Use circular movements superimposed to feel the breast tissue. 3 – Use three different levels of pressure to feel all the breast tissue. Light pressure is necessary to feel the tissue closest to the skin, medium pressure to feel a little deeper, and firm pressure to feel closer to the breast tissue and the ribs. A bulge in the lower curve of each breast is normal. If you’re not sure how difficult pressure, talk to your doctor or nurse.
Use each level of pressure to feel the breast tissue before moving on to the next item. 4 – Move the bosom of an up and down pattern from the armpit and moving across the chest until the middle of the bone chest (sternum). Be sure to check the chest area all goes down until you feel the ribs and only up to the neck or collarbone. 5 – Repeat the procedure in the left breast using the fingertips of the right hand. 6 – Examine each underarm while sitting or standing and with the arm slightly raised so that you can feel in this area. Please note: the most common signs of breast cancer in both men and women are a lump, mass or thickening in the breast. The tumor is often painless.