This Men’s Health Week (10-16 June), we want to raise awareness of breast cancer amongst the male population and remind the public that our free support services are available to ANYONE affected by the disease.

To raise awareness throughout Men’s Health Week, you may have noticed that our website homepage and social media channels – which are normally very female focused - have undergone a ‘male makeover’ and we've put our male visitors, volunteers and fundraisers centre stage.

Sally Hall, Breast Cancer Haven CEO, says “Although rare, men can get breast cancer and around 390 men are diagnosed each year in the UK. With many men unaware of the potential risk and side-effects of the disease, Breast Cancer Haven can make a real difference to a breast cancer diagnosis. From an initial assessment with a healthcare professional to build a personalised programme of support, to counselling and specialist therapies - as well as nutritional and financial guidance - we’re here to help restore an individual’s emotional and physical wellbeing.”

 “The aim with the ‘male makeover’ is to break down barriers for men accessing our support services. We want to highlight the incidence rates in men and move away from the familiar ‘pink’ breast cancer branding which can alienate men with the disease.”  

In the UK it is estimated that men have a 1 in 870 lifetime chance of getting breast cancer. Key risk factors include getting older (most breast cancers are diagnosed in men between the ages of 60 and 70), high oestrogen levels, and men who have female relatives with the disease, especially if the women are closely related (mother or sisters).

The most common symptom for men with breast cancer is a lump in the breast area, which is nearly always painless. Other symptoms can include*:

  • oozing from the nipple (a discharge) that may be blood stained
  • swelling of the breast
  • a sore (ulcer) in the skin of the breast
  • a nipple that is pulled into the breast (called nipple retraction)
  • lumps under the arm
  • a rash on or around the nipple

Click here for more information on male breast cancer.