What is Gynaecomastia?
Gynaecomastia is a mostly benign condition where men present with enlargement or swelling of one or both breasts. Any gentleman who notices breast swelling should seek referral to a breast health specialist.
What are the causes of Gynaecomastia?
A common cause of gynaecomastia in young men is inherent hormonal changes that occur throughout adolescence and cause benign (non-cancerous) swelling of the breast gland. Sometimes gynaecomastia in young men of 17 to 25 years of age may suggest an underlying hormonal imbalance.
Gynaecomastia can also occur as side effect from several medications.
Treatment related to prostate cancer or benign prostate hyperplasia can also cause gynaecomastia (usually affecting both breasts).
In rare cases gynaecomastia can be a sign of cancer from a different part of the body such as the testis and therefore Mr Charalampoudis may request an ultrasound of the testes to rule out cancer.
Who is develops Gynaecomastia?
Gynaecomastia affects men of all ages and in particular adolescents and men aged 60 and above.
How is Gynaecomastia assessed?
During your visit, Mr Charalampoudis will request some hormonal blood tests in order to rule out a hormonal disorder. Mr Charalampoudis will also take a full medicinal history in order to identify whether gynaecomastia would be caused by one of the medications you are taking, and will send you for a scan on the same day. You may be asked to bring all your medications with you to your appointment.