Breast Changes in Men and Boys (Gynaecomastia)
If you have heard people talking about ‘man boobs’, they might be referring to a condition called gynaecomastia. Gynaecomastia is a common, benign (not cancer) condition that causes the breast tissue of men and boys to grow larger than normal. Due to increased hormones, it is common in teenage boys, but it can occur in men of any age. In 9 out of 10 cases, gynaecomastia gets better on its own. The symptoms of gynaecomastia can be slight or extreme, and it can be slightly sore to the touch. Although gynaecomastia is harmless, boys and men must get to know their chests and get any changes checked by a doctor. Our friends at Breast Cancer Now have more information about gynaecomastia. If you are concerned about this condition, please speak to your GP. Remember, this is a common condition and your GP has seen it all before, so don’t be embarrassed, just get it checked.
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This information was published in April 2021. It will be revised in April 2024.