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Title: Mammograms
Post by: Maxx on May 23, 2017, 10:26:48 PM
I just had my 7th mammogram. It is always a bit awkward for me, but moved into terrifying when an ultrasound was ordered for the right breast. It turned out okay, just really dense gland tissue, but it made me think about how important these mammograms can be. Early detection is key. My mothered died from breast cancer. It is the reason my endo has me get them every year or so...even though my GP thinks it is unnecessary. I have "marked" gynecomastia. 42C. The report recommends yearly mammograms from now on.

For the first time I really considered surgery to try and prevent getting cancer. I once talked to a surgeon about having them removed. He told me if I didn't like how I looked now, I probably would not like what I looked like when he was done. I guess about 50% of the guys who go get the surgery don't like how they look afterwards. Is that true?

Theses stupid boobs are a part of me now. I am not sure I want to risk surgery to prevent cancer, only to hate what I see in the mirror even more.

Anyway, I mostly posted to say mammograms are no big deal. Get them! Worth it, if it saves your life. It is also kind of humorous and embarrassing at the same time when you sit in the waiting room with larger breasts than half the woman waiting for their mammograms.
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: hammer on May 24, 2017, 07:19:10 AM
I agree,  no big deal !
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: Boomer on May 24, 2017, 02:20:01 PM
Thanks for the heads up. I'll be scheduling my first when I see my doc in 4 weeks. It will be my first, so just nervous. I know no big deal but just my "heightened" anxiety kicking in.  

Boomer
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: walt on May 25, 2017, 08:48:31 PM
hi guys I have had two mammo`s and ultrasounds ,testicles ultrasound as well. they seem to go hand in hand. no big deal, I wore my usual jms cup bra and know the xray teck as I work in that hospital.she said that male mammo`s have become a weekly thing these days.and has seen men who wear a bra in there frequrntly.
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: Alchemist on May 27, 2017, 02:06:08 AM
I'm your friendly unofficial group health care consultant and statistics.  With the rate of male breast cancer 1% that of female, and gynecomastia is not a risk factor, the risk of mammograms leading to cancer is about 100x that of for women.  The risk per mammogram is the same but it only prevents 1% as many serious cancers as in females.  I have been told that males are subject to the same high incidence rate genetics.   In any case, get expert advice who understand the risk differences.  Some doctors "just assume".  I suffered for decades because of assumptions.
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: Maxx on May 28, 2017, 08:59:26 PM
I am not sure I understand your post. You saying mammograms for men are not useful? According to the Radiologist, I need one every year. 75% glandular...and the same tissue as a female. My mother died from cancer, so I guess I am higher risk? I watched her die, and it could have maybe been prevented if she had got a mammogram sooner. So, I disagree that men with gyno are not at risk. If you have real breast tissue, you shouldn't ignore it just because you are male. I would rather have a mammogram than DRE any day.
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: Alchemist on May 29, 2017, 01:09:16 AM
I am not sure I understand your post. You saying mammograms for men are not useful? According to the Radiologist, I need one every year. 75% glandular...and the same tissue as a female. My mother died from cancer, so I guess I am higher risk? I watched her die, and it could have maybe been prevented if she had got a mammogram sooner. So, I disagree that men with gyno are not at risk. If you have real breast tissue, you shouldn't ignore it just because you are male. I would rather have a mammogram than DRE any day.

"I have been told that males are subject to the same high incidence rate genetics.   In any case, get expert advice who understand the risk differences. "  This sounds like exactly what you did.  You got your mothers genes so the risk for you is very different.  My mother had colon cancer.  I'm in a high risk colonoscopy category.  Good luck.
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: hammer on May 29, 2017, 09:31:52 AM
I have a male friend who has a chest flat as a fine oak cabinet quality board, but one day while in the shower he noticed a lump and sure enough it was breast cancer! He had a full mastectomy!

It can happen to anyone, as we all have breast tissue! 
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: aboywithgirls on May 29, 2017, 12:22:52 PM
Absolutely, Hammer! Especially if it runs in the family. I carry an increased risk due to my history of thyroid cancer. I was a little uncomfortable with the first one. The girls there quickly put me at ease. They also performed a sonogram because of what they saw which made me nervous again. Turns out, I have dense breast tissue  and a sonogram gives another set of images to compare. It also established a baseline for future images.
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: hammer on May 29, 2017, 01:01:01 PM
I've had a couple mammograms and one ultrasound so far. Been told I'm low rick, but should have it done every few years. It's really no big deal, as you say the girls are really good at putting you at ease about it!
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: dr.moe on September 25, 2017, 10:15:47 PM
You guys and this topic remind me that I'm due for another mammogram.  Un-fun.  So far, they've all been rather embarrassing experiences. When I check in and ask for a little discretion, they nod and smile and then ignore my request. And they aren't very helpful or understanding at scheduling me first or last to avoid a waiting room full of women who look at me like I'm some kind of pervert.
As you can tell, this whole 'acceptance' thing for me is a journey, not a simple event.  I'll know I'm there when I don't worry about the time, but instead check in and then talk with some of the 'regular' patients about choices in support bras.
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: hammer on September 26, 2017, 06:58:00 AM
You know that guys that don't even have gyno have mammograms too? You don't need to have breast enlargement to have a need for one to check for cancer, in fact having gynecomastia does not increase your chances to get cancer either! 
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: aboywithgirls on September 26, 2017, 08:22:54 AM
I have been getting annual mammogram and sonogram at the Breast Care Center for about 20 years. It can be a little nerve racking in the waiting room. I am accustomed to just wearing a bra and t-shirt when I go. I kinda want to make a non verbal statement that I am legit and I need to be there just as much as any woman who is waiting to have the same test performed for their health. 
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: jdb on September 26, 2017, 09:25:42 AM
I have found mammograms to be a positive experience so far.  I have had a nurse express some surprise at the size of my breasts and tell me that normally she would do scans for men from the side only but in my case I needed a full scan from the top as well, but apart from that, just friendly professionalism.
The waiting room usually has more than a sprinkling of men, many I suspect are accompanying their wives for emotional support.
I have also had ultrasound and biopsies done where I am surrounded by attending nurses who on one occasion got into a discussion with me on how to care for my breasts by examination and she said "You might find a well fitting bra would make you much more comfortable." I told her that sometimes I do wear one.  At no time have I been made to feel embarrassed.
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: aboywithgirls on September 26, 2017, 11:21:26 AM
I have found them to all be VERY professional and courteous at all times. I have filled out the questionnaire and specifically asking about if I wear a bra, how often and what style and if I had changed sizes in the past year. I believe that they are collecting data? I go to mine wearing a bra. Not much of a secret. 
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: Cisco on September 26, 2017, 04:19:16 PM
I have found mammograms to be a positive experience so far.  I have had a nurse express some surprise at the size of my breasts and tell me that normally she would do scans for men from the side only but in my case I needed a full scan from the top as well, but apart from that, just friendly professionalism.
The waiting room usually has more than a sprinkling of men, many I suspect are accompanying their wives for emotional support.
I have also had ultrasound and biopsies done where I am surrounded by attending nurses who on one occasion got into a discussion with me on how to care for my breasts by examination and she said "You might find a well fitting bra would make you much more comfortable." I told her that sometimes I do wear one.  At no time have I been made to feel embarrassed.

You mentioned that the staff commented on the size of your breasts, how large are they?
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: Cisco on September 26, 2017, 04:25:45 PM
I had a mammogram and a follow up breast MRI at a radiology center.  They offered everything from a standard x-ray to MRI's therefore I didn't attract any attention in the waiting room.  The staff were very professional and pleasant.  Something I did notice was that they never used the term "breasts" but rather "your breast tissue". 
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: jdb on September 26, 2017, 05:00:32 PM
I have found mammograms to be a positive experience so far.  I have had a nurse express some surprise at the size of my breasts and tell me that normally she would do scans for men from the side only but in my case I needed a full scan from the top as well, but apart from that, just friendly professionalism.
The waiting room usually has more than a sprinkling of men, many I suspect are accompanying their wives for emotional support.
I have also had ultrasound and biopsies done where I am surrounded by attending nurses who on one occasion got into a discussion with me on how to care for my breasts by examination and she said "You might find a well fitting bra would make you much more comfortable." I told her that sometimes I do wear one.  At no time have I been made to feel embarrassed.

You mentioned that the staff commented on the size of your breasts, how large are they?

See my picture on https://www.gynecomastia.org/smf/index.php?topic=31004.0 (https://www.gynecomastia.org/smf/index.php?topic=31004.0)
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: Cisco on October 01, 2017, 04:13:57 PM
Thanks for sharing your photo.  
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: mgr on October 01, 2017, 06:51:45 PM
I have had two mammograms in the last 18 months and am supposed to have another in six months.  My dr. And the radiologist think yearly is a good idea given the breast cancer history in my family (Sister and maternal grandmother). Each were pretty a pretty easy experience.  The first was the best and most comfortable. The radiologistics actually came into the x-ray room and walked me back to her office to show me the scans.  Very lovely lady.  The second time was fine, but it was obvious the older radiologist was not as comfortable. She asked many questions on how and why I have breasts.  I answered her questions, but she still seemed a bit off.  Hopefully, I will not have her again, but if I do, it is not the end since I can say...."I'm back".
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: dr.moe on October 01, 2017, 07:18:40 PM
I'm scheduled for Tuesday morning in a different facility - I hope they're better than the place my GP normally sends his patients.  We shall see.
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: walt on October 02, 2017, 12:21:47 AM


Hi guys I am due this year for my mamo, last time was fine and not nerve wracking, went in a T shirt and a bra as well. The Tech was very kind . I also work in the same Hospital and know the Tech who did my  mamo. Best Luck
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: dr.moe on October 03, 2017, 12:18:46 PM
The first mammogram I got a few years ago was thoroughly humiliating, which was why I was nervous about the one today.
What a difference! The staff were wonderful and understanding, and curious about if I new the cause, what changes I'd seen, and so on. I was comfortable enough to joke a little bit - one staff asked me why I was so casual about gynecomastia because most men are very nervous and embarrassed.  Had a mammogram, and the tech apologized, and was surprised when I told her I'd had one and understood why women complain about mammograms, and that probably wasnt going to change, no matter how nice she was. She laughed, which set a nice mood. She noted that most men with boobs were smaller than me, and saggier, so I asked if she would call them 'perky'. Giggle from her. I asked if she saw many men who were 'perky'.  Another laugh.  It was a thoroughly pleasant experience.
I have a minor cyst, which concerned the ultrasound tech until she'd reviewed the mammogram results with the radiologist.  The worst part, honestly, was having to hold my left arm up to be clear of the ultrasound - that's the arm I had a rotator cuff repaired several weeks ago, so it hurt quite a bit.
I noted my ongoing discomfort, and one of the techs noted that with my size, some support would be helpful, so we talked a little about bras. She hadn't encountered many men who were open-minded about support garments. She recommended a place for a bra fitting, too.
The doc seconded the opinion about support after I told her what my measurements were - and what the on-line and herroom.com had recommended as my bra size. I have a little more musculature than an average woman with DDs, but they're still a strain.  So tonight will be a discussion with my wife about what the doc said, then I'll contact the lingerie store the tech recommended.  It's downtown Houston, but I have to make the trip to replace a car that was flooded by Harvey.  So I can take daughter to school, visit dealership, get a bra fitting, hit another dealership, and be back around lunchtime (unless I'm slowed by paperwork for the car).
I will go back to that facility the next time I get a mammogram. It was a pleasant experience.
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: dbweb on October 03, 2017, 06:04:26 PM
While I have not had a mammogram done yet(doc said a couple years ago it is coming), I have had several EKG's done over past few years, and have gone in wearing my typical bra.  This last time, just over a year ago, the tech complemented me on having the courage to wear something to support my breast tissue, as she mentioned that there is certainly enough there to take care of.
The point here is that the medical people see enough of us guys with breast development these days that it isn't a surprise to many any more I believe.  When we have to have a medical procedure done requiring removal of our shirts, exposing a bra supporting breast tissue is the least concerning issue of the day for a medical professional!
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: Jin on December 09, 2017, 11:46:38 PM
My first was last year. The only issue was the tech apologizing for only having pink gowns! When she saw my lacy pink bra she said "Oh, I guess you are OK with pink,"
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: Maxx on April 26, 2018, 04:41:52 PM
Had my 8th mammogram today. It was somewhat entertaining.

The tech was kind of acting like it was strange that I would get them every year. She seemed to think male breast tissue is not the same, doesnt require routine imaging. Well, she soon found out that my breast tissue is more dense than the average female, and the Radiologist needed more photos to evaluate something she saw on one of the initial pictures.

It all turned out to be fine, but when your report says 50-75% dense glandular breast tissue, it is gonna get some pings on the image. At least I didnt need another ultrasound, or worse.
Report always says "even though patient is male, recommend annual mammograms"

It is a bit of a scam, because I cant get them classified as Routine, because they never consider cases of gynecomastia to be "routine".  It always  get coded as "diagnostic"...meaning I have to pay for them as my insurance doesn't cover it as preventative.

I wonder how they treat Transgender MTF's who have had reassignment surgery?
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: walt on April 28, 2018, 11:49:46 PM
Hello boys, as I said above just had one a while ago both top and side  also got the mamo`s on disc so I could look at them myself. my Dr said my breasts are mostly fat with some retroareola tissue, boobs are fatty tissue for a good part anyway and the lumps I felt were nothing to be concerned about so I will be getting another mamo in 5 years .That's all my insurance will cover from what I was told.Anyhow good luck to anyone who will need a mamo nothing to be ashamed about.
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: Athena12@ on May 08, 2018, 11:44:28 PM
I had my first one a month or so ago and it was less than fun.  First after they called me back, all was fine then when I took of my bra the first thing the nurse said was that I did not need one and got angry when I did need one for support.  Then she did a full mammogram top and side and then told me to get dressed.  When she came back she said I did not have cancer (wasn't there for that) but I di have gyno and simple gave me a page and a half about it and walked out. When I showed the wife the handout on gynecomastia even she said that if was a lot of nothing   When can we find out something real?
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: bustymale on May 27, 2018, 10:40:56 AM
That nurse was unprofessional and contradictory.  She said you did not need to wear a bra like a woman, but said you had gynecomastia, which means you have breasts like a woman.  She might have had a clearer mind if she had an open mind
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: aboywithgirls on May 28, 2018, 08:47:22 AM
I agree. I've had nurses and techs ask me about my bra. They are usually just curious. They want to know how long I've worn one. They are usually supportive and tell me that more men could benefit from wearing a bra. 
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: SideSet on May 28, 2018, 12:26:47 PM
I have had a mammogram, also.  Very professional.  A little curious.  Extremely empathic and sympathetic.
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: Athena12@ on June 03, 2018, 11:23:17 PM
I wish mine was as good. Rude technician and curt answers.  just said I did not have breast cancer and di have gynecomastia.  And the feeling was get out of my room.
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: CW38C on December 19, 2018, 03:05:57 PM
Please guys, go and get a mammogram. Also, learn to do breast self exam (BSE) and have a clinical breast exam yearly. I was doing nothing and one day when I took my wife to her gynecologist, the dpctor (a woman) asked to examine my breasts. She "felt something" in my left breast and ordered a mammogram. That ended up being followed with a breast ultrasound for the 2cm mass that was discovered. Followed again by a stereotactic biopsy. All techs and doctors were quite professional and didn't make a big deal about my presence. NO CANCER! The latest development is that a blood test determined that I have a BRCa2 genetic mutation. As a result, I have a lumpectomy scheduled and have been put on Tamoxifen as a preventative. Turns out that BRCa2 an also lead to protate cancer, so I am in the process of scheduling a biopsy to determine if cancer is present. This could lead to a prostatectomy, or possibly surgical castration to remove the source of testosterone.
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: hammer on December 20, 2018, 06:46:53 AM
Please guys, go and get a mammogram. Also, learn to do breast self exam (BSE) and have a clinical breast exam yearly. I was doing nothing and one day when I took my wife to her gynecologist, the dpctor (a woman) asked to examine my breasts. She "felt something" in my left breast and ordered a mammogram. That ended up being followed with a breast ultrasound for the 2cm mass that was discovered. Followed again by a stereotactic biopsy. All techs and doctors were quite professional and didn't make a big deal about my presence. NO CANCER! The latest development is that a blood test determined that I have a BRCa2 genetic mutation. As a result, I have a lumpectomy scheduled and have been put on Tamoxifen as a preventative. Turns out that BRCa2 an also lead to protate cancer, so I am in the process of scheduling a biopsy to determine if cancer is present. This could lead to a prostatectomy, or possibly surgical castration to remove the source of testosterone.

Sounds like you were in the right place at the right time! I hope that everything else goes well!

Gods bless!

Bob
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: Johndoe1 on December 21, 2018, 07:24:01 AM
The only female primary doctor I have ever had, and only had her for about 2 years, always gave me breast exams. My primary male doctors never have. I have a secondary female doctor now for another issue, and we do talk about my breasts, but that isn't her specialty.
Title: Re: Mammograms
Post by: walt on December 23, 2018, 02:37:27 PM
Hi Guys, I have had 2 mamos and both breast and scrotal ultrasounds , I work in a hospital and know the xray Tecks never had an issue , My sister had her DNA done and has the BRACA jean guessing I do as well but have not done the DNA yet, we both have pituitary issues and she has had a lumpectomy . My endo Dr has left and I have a new male endo but can't get in to see him until April.My old Endo was Female and she gave me a full clinical breast and testicular exam yearly as well as hormone levels. I am still growing and can fill a solid B cup and as far as my PCP he did not do a breast exam he said that was up to my Endo Dr.