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Doctor insights on: Breast Cancer Breasts Nipples Pinched

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Female) (Definition)

Breast cancer results when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. The growth occurs initially inside the ducts but eventually breaks outside into the breast tissue and ultimately spreads both to the lymph nodes in the armpit and via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Because of the promoting affect of estrogen almost all breast cancer occurs in women and is a rarity in men. The unregulated growth is due to both inherited and acquired genetic defects. It is the most common malignancy in women but it often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast on an annual basis. ...Read more


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Can i get breast cancer by being repeatadly pinched on the breasts and nipples?

Can i get breast cancer by being repeatadly pinched on the breasts and nipples?

No: There is no known link between repeated trauma to the breasts and developing breast cancer in the future. ...Read more

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My nipples are cracking during feeding. Is this breast cancer?

My nipples are cracking during feeding. Is this breast cancer?

An eczema- like rash: That persists after a few wks should be biopsies but it sounds like chapping. ...Read more

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Does pressing breasts hard or normally pressing them n sucking on nipples cause breast cancer ?

Does pressing breasts hard or normally pressing them n sucking on nipples cause breast cancer ?

No: Breast tissue is susceptible to injury as any tissue in the body is if there is sufficient trauma. This can manifest with similar symptoms to breast cancer on occasion (lumps, pain, bruising, etc). However, pressing on the breast and nipple-sucking (even if traumatic) does not cause breast cancer. ...Read more

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If my nipples sometimes get crusty or flaky is this a sign or symptom of breast cancer? What should I do?

If my nipples sometimes get crusty or flaky is this a sign or symptom of breast cancer? What should I do?

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 diagnose. If paget's disease is diagnosed, there could be an underlying breast malignancy. ...Read more

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Are itchy nipples always a sign of breast cancer?

Are itchy nipples always a sign of breast cancer?

Probably not.: Most of the time this is dermatologic. There is a type of breast cancer known as paget's disease of the nipple that can present as an excoriated lesion on the nipple or areola. If this type if lesion is present and does not resolve, consider seeing a dermatologist or breast surgeon. Although unlikely, a biopsy would be a very quick, simple procedure. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Nipple (Definition)

A nipple also known mammary papilla or teat is a small projection of skin containing the outlets for 15–20 lactiferous ducts. Its at the apex or top or breast ...Read more