Men's breast health

Overview

Like all cells of the body, a man's breast duct cells can undergo cancerous changes. Breast cancer is less common in men because their breast duct cells are less developed than those of women. Men's breast cells are not constantly exposed to the growth-promoting effects of female hormones, which also lowers risk. While the rate of breast cancer in men is very low, some men do develop breast masses and other symptoms that require assessment by specialists in breast health and disease.

Why Choose Men's Breast Health at Vanderbilt

  • Team approach

    If you have a cancer diagnosis, our medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologist, radiologists, plastic surgeons, oncology nurses and genetic counselors combine their expertise to create a personalized care plan that is right for you. We tailor your care based on your current health, preferences and tests.

  • Latest technology

    The latest techniques and tests used to evaluate the breast health of our female patients are also used for men. Some men also may benefit from a high-risk screening assessment if breast cancer has been prevalent in other family members, particularly other men. 

  • Personalized care

    Our team will arrange a more private alternative for our male patients who feel uncomfortable in our regular waiting area. We tailor your treatment plan to meet your unique needs and health goals.