A concerned face and a concerned pause from my doctor. "I need you to go get that checked out by a specialist immediately," he said.
"Really? OK, I can schedule something later in the week."
"I need you to get that checked out today. I’m a bit worried. It looks irregular."
"What do you mean worried … and irregular?"
"That could be breast cancer."
"Huh? Excuse me? Breast cancer. But I’m a … a man. Only women get breast cancer."
"That’s not accurate, actually. Men can get breast cancer too. Let me make a call right now."
That was the exchange I had with my doctor when I showed him a small lump under my left nipple. I noticed it one day and thought it looked odd and felt unnatural. I had no clue what it could be (an ingrown hair, a pimple?) but breast cancer was certainly not one of the options.
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