With gynecomastia, tissue inside the breast glands grows. This can cause female-appearing breasts. Gynecomastia guy-nuh-koh-MAS-tee-uh is swelling of the breast tissue in boys or men, caused by an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and testosterone. Gynecomastia can affect one or both breasts, sometimes unevenly. Newborns, boys going through puberty and older men may develop gynecomastia as a result of normal changes in hormone levels, though other causes also exist.
Breast disorders in men
Breast Disease in Men | Carol Milgard Breast Center
The male breast is much smaller than its female counterpart, and it cannot produce milk. Because of this smaller size and simpler structure, breast disease is much less common in men than women. Still, men can develop important breast problems, both benign and malignant. Early detection is the key to a successful outcome, so every man should understand the basic elements of male breast disease.
Enlarged Male Breast Tissue (Gynecomastia)
Gynecomastia is an enlargement or swelling of breast tissue in males. It can affect one or both breasts. Gynecomastia is most commonly caused by an imbalance between the hormones estrogen and testosterone. Estrogen controls female traits, including breast growth.
Men who have suspicious physical findings or any persistent signs and symptoms should make an appointment to see their health care provider. If deemed appropriate, your health care provider may refer you to the Carol Milgard Breast Center for a diagnostic mammogram. Don't delay the possibility of an early diagnosis. Some men ignore breast lumps thinking they can rationalize the cause, while others are embarrassed and worry that someone might question their masculinity. Early detection of breast cancer greatly increases treatment options and the likelihood of successful recovery.