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is cracked nipples a symptom of breast cancer

A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Berryman
54 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
"dry nipple skin": The areola ("nipple") is frequently irritated by the friction of clothing or bra and develops a cornified area, like a sort of callus. This is not ... Read More

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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
28 years experience Breast Surgery
One possibility: Cancer is certainly one of the possible causes of bloody nipple discharge. A more common cause, however, is a polyp-like growth inside one of the bre ... Read More
Dr. Sewa Legha
50 years experience Medical Oncology
It can be: Nipple bleeding requires check up for breast cancer. Occasionally it is caused by a benign papilloma in the milk ducts but you can not be sure without ... Read More
Dr. Barry Rosen
34 years experience General Surgery
~10% of the time: Bloody nipple discharge is usually secondary to a benign tumor or chronic inflammation within the duct, with breast cancer a distant third. Any woman ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Yim
Dr. John Yim answered
29 years experience Surgical Oncology
No.: Usually nipple retraction is more concerning. On the other hand, any change in your nipple, especially if not symmetrical to the other side, should b ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Guillermo Martinez-torres
33 years experience Pathology
See your doctor: Flaking or crusting of the nipples may represent eczema; however, paget's disease of the breast looks very similar. A biopsy may be necessary to diag ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
47 years experience Radiation Oncology
Duration and change: Skin issues common, male breast unusual. It used to be exclusively older men, but camp lejeune cluster in marines, family and vets suggest environment ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
26 years experience Radiology
Need to see Doctor: You will need a doctor to examine your breasts and order imaging studies such as mammogram and breast ultrasound. Bloody nipple discharge is worrisom ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Ihle
54 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Can't say but the-: -best thing 2 do is 2 C Ur GYN & B examined. A swab of the fluid can B looked @ the lab 4 abnormal cells. Also a hands on exam will help.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Hytham Beck
43 years experience General Surgery
Not cancer: Nipple sensitivity and aching are hormone related and had nothing to do with cancer now nipple discharge bloody or not different story in spite of the ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
45 years experience General Surgery
Not itching by: Itself, but eczematoid changes in nipple could be sign of bowen's disease, which is a form of breast cancer located just under the nipple. Show it to ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
56 years experience General Surgery
Possible: Infection, medication get checked for lump may need mammogram.
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