like any disease comes about as a malfunction of
one or more of your bodies systems. Much if not most of the
time this is a result of a slow degenerative process due to the
lack of adequate bodily supplies of the elements necessary for
normal function and rejuvenation of affected organs. Commercial
Farming and natural erosion has depleted global farmlands of most
essential elements therefore it is not wise to assume that your
diet contains enough of these elements for normal body function
and maintenance. See
Senate Document 264.
Gynecomastia is a condition in which firm
breast tissue forms in males. The breast tissue is usually less than
1-1/2 inches across and is located directly under the nipple.
Gynecomastia may be present on one side or on both sides. This
condition may make the breast tender.
Some men and boys have fat on their chests that
makes it look like they have breasts. This condition is called
pseudogynecomastia (false gynecomastia). It is not the same thing as
- What causes gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is usually caused by changes in
hormones at puberty or as part of aging. Hormones are chemicals
produced by the glands of the body, such as the thyroid gland, the
testes and the ovaries. Gynecomastia may be caused by changes in the
balance of 2 hormones, estrogen and testosterone. In rare cases,
gynecomastia is caused by prescription drugs, over-the-counter
medicines, illegal drugs, tumors or disease.
- Are tests needed to find the cause
Sometimes tests are needed, and sometimes they're
not. Your doctor will ask you questions about your symptoms, such as
how long you've had the breast tissue, and whether or not the area
is tender. Your doctor will also ask you about the illnesses you
have had in the past, the medicines you take, and other matters
relating to your health. Then you will have a physical examination.
Whether you need tests depends on your age and
what your doctor learns from your history and physical examination.
If you are a teenager, you probably will not need more tests, since
gynecomastia is very common in the teen years. As many as 65% of
14-year-old boys have gynecomastia. The breast enlargement usually
goes away on its own in 2 or 3 years. However, boys and adult men
with gynecomastia need to have some tests, because it is more
possible in young boys and men that some kind of disease is causing
- How is gynecomastia treated?
In most cases, no treatment is needed. Your doctor
will probably want to check the size of your breast tissue every few
months. In 90% of teenage boys, gynecomastia goes away in less than
Sometimes the problem can be solved if you stop
taking a medicine that is causing gynecomastia or stop using an
illegal drug that is causing the problem.
Occasionally, medicines may be used to treat
gynecomastia, especially if tenderness is a problem. The medicine
will make the extra breast tissue go away. Rarely, surgery may be
necessary to remove the extra breast tissue.
Treatment is necessary if gynecomastia is caused
by a disease or a tumor. If it is due to a disease, the disease
itself will need to be treated.
- Could the breast lump be cancer?
Probably not. Breast cancer is very rare in males.
Your doctor will probably be able to tell whether the lump is
cancer. Lumps caused by cancer are usually not underneath the
nipple, but breast tissue from gynecomastia grows in this area.
Breast cancer feels different than the breast tissue of gynecomastia.
With cancer, there sometimes is dimpling of the skin or a bloody
discharge from the nipple. If there is any question that you have
cancer, you will need to have a mammogram and a biopsy.