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A 41-year-old member asked:

Is bleeding from nipple a telltale symptom of breast cancer?

3 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
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 breast ducts called a papilloma. It would be a good idea to see a breast surgeon to talk with you about additional test you may need to sort this out.
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 51 years experience
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 further testing , which should be done by a breast cancer specialist...Usually a good surgeon.
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
~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 with bloody discharge requires breast evaluation, which will include a diagnostic mammogram+/-ultrasound, physical examination, and nipple aspiration cytology. If the results remain equivocal, a surgical biopsy (terminal duct excision) may be done.

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Is bleeding from nipple breast cancer?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
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Noy always.: Breast cancer can cause it. Paget's disease of the breast can have nipple bleeding. This can point to breast cancer, and the cells themselves are considered malignant. Inverted nipple and fissure of the nipple can have bleeding. Infection might cause it also.
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Nipple droop is symptom of breast cancer?

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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 be worked up.
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Can I get breast cancer from having my breasts/nipples pinched?

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No: Breast cancer is unrelated to nipple or breast trauma.
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