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The skin around my areola turned brown. i'm 18 and never been pregnant. i highly doubt i am pregnant since i'm on birth control. my grandma has breast cancer.. should i be worried about it?

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Dr. Charles Jarowski
Hematology and Oncology 50 years experience
No need to worry: Increases in estrogen levels can cause increased pigmentation in the arealae and genital area. Estrogen levels do increase during the teen years, so that is the probably answer. You might still check for pregnancy because birth control pills do not always prevent pregnancy (failure rate of 1-3%) but it is unlikely. Breast cancer in an 18 year old woman is distinctly unlikely-- you need not worry.

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