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Imaging of the Male Breast: Malignant and Benign Diseases

Kuzmiak, Cherie M. DO

Contemporary Diagnostic Radiology:
doi: 10.1097/01.CDR.0000441942.14969.9c

Men are referred for breast imaging when they have a palpable mass or breast enlargement that may or may not be associated with pain and tenderness. Differentiation between a malignant and a benign finding is vital because it may avoid an unnecessary biopsy and lessen patient anxiety. The majority of breast findings in males are benign, with gynecomastia being the most common finding. Male breast cancer represents less than 0.5% of all breast cancers.1

Author Information

Dr. Kuzmiak is Associate Professor of Radiology, and Director, Breast Imaging Division, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, CB #7510, Department of Radiology, Physicians' Office Building, Room 118, 170 Manning Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27599; E-mail:

After participating in this activity, the diagnostic radiologist should be better able to evaluate the clinical presentation, imaging features, and management of malignant and benign lesions of the breast in the male patient.

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