Male Breast Cancer

There is hope, innovation and support available for those men diagnosed with breast cancer here at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Breast cancer in men is rare. Less than 1 out of 100 cases of breast cancer occurs in a man.1 It develops in the small amount of breast tissue found behind a man's nipple. Although the exact cause of breast cancer is not known, most experts agree that some men have a greater risk for breast cancer than others. Male breast cancer mostly affects older men.

Learn more by visiting the Breast Cancer in Men page, part of's Healthwise® Health Information.

Patient Care and Treatment:

People diagnosed with breast cancer may talk with surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, plastic surgeons, gynecologists, social workers and nurses, and will have their mammograms and pathology slides read all in one day at one visit to our Breast Care Clinic.

Research and innovation:

We offer clinical trials exclusive to our cancer center, as well as those sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. Much of our research focuses on breast cancer stem cells to learn more about them and to determine the type of therapy most likely to destroy the cells.


We're sensitive to the anxiety women and men with breast cancer experience, so counseling and emotional support are integral parts of the Breast Care Center. Our patients have access to Patient Support Services. There's services available to our patients at every point in their care, including survivorship.

Make an appointment/referral

To make a first time appointment, please call 734-936-6000 (Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm EST). If you would like to refer a patient, please contact our M-Line service: 800-962-3555. For more information, visit our Appointments web page.

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