Above photo shows a sample of mammary gland right after removal.
The removed gland will be sent to the pathologic laboratory for biopsy.
We do this for our patients as part of the process to rule out the cause of gynecomastia.
90% of the patients with breast enlargement is due to intrinsic cause.
6~7% is due to fat in the chest.
The other 1~3% is caused by lipoma.
And, this is rarely because of breast cancer.
Most men affected with breast cancer are aging 60 years old and above. Only one side of breast would be affected. The affected breast would sometimes show symptoms like fluid leakage(blood) from the nipple and swollen lymph nodes in the armpit.
In addition, as shown in the photo above,
Gynecomastia can also be on indication of early symptoms of abnormal germ cell tumors.
In this case, we would require a blood test.
Majority of men who wants to treat Gynecomastia are for cosmetic reasons,
Rather than simply treating Gynecomastia by liposuction,
Gland must also be removed and sent to laboratory for biopsy.