The Questions You’ve Always Wanted to Ask about Man Boobs


When it comes to boobs, most men would prefer to see them on women and not on themselves.

Male breasts are a problem that men don’t generally want to speak about, which means they end up being too embarrassed to ask the questions they really want to – this article will help answer some of the most commonly asked questions.

4 Common Questions about Man Boobs

What causes man boobs?

While society doesn’t always see it as such, male and female breasts are exactly the same, minus a mammary gland and some additional fat. Hormones are what help female breasts to grow during puberty but what many people don’t know is that a large percentage of boys actually develop mild gynaecomastia too. In older men, man boobs are caused by medication, obesity or repetitive trauma to the chest area.

Is there a way to prevent man boobs?

Ease up on the beer. Not only is alcohol high in calories but the hops in beer also has high levels of phytoestrogen, which can increase your chances of developing man boobs.

Head to your local gym as often as you can. If you are dealing with boobs and not gynaecomastia, you can get rid of the excess fat and skin with a good exercise regime. Along with a good cardio routine, add in exercises that focus solely on the chest.

Cut down on fast food. Even though there is no direct link between fast food and man boobs, fast food does affect your weight, so there is a chance that it could affect your chest too.

How can man boobs be treated?

If diet and strength training is not helping, gynaecomastia surgery ( is the fastest, most effective option.

If you would prefer to go the non-surgical route, there is always CoolSculpting, which uses controlled cooling to destroy fat cells, which are then slowly eliminated by the lymphatic system.

Do I have a higher risk of developing breast cancer if I have man boobs?

While breast cancer is more common amongst men than people realise, having man boobs does not increase your risk of developing breast cancer. The only time that there is a link between cancer and male breasts is in the case of obese patients because they have higher levels of oestrogen.

Whether you have man boobs or not, it’s important to check your breasts on a regular basis to make sure there aren’t any lumps or irregularities. Signs of irregularities include a firm, ulcerated or fixed mass on one side of the breast, nipple changes or discharge and painful swelling. When it comes to checking for irregularities, rather err on the side of caution. If you’re worried about something, go and have it checked out, particularly if you’re over the age of 40.

Treatment for male breast cancer is very similar to what females receive – chemotherapy, radiation, mastectomy and nipple reconstruction. But by catching breast cancer early on, you have a much better chance of making a full recovery without the need for a mastectomy.