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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


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Can men get breast cancer by stroking their nipples?

Can men get breast cancer by stroking their nipples?

No: Men can get breast cancer. But not from stroking their nipples. ...Read more

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If men play with their nipples, will they get breast cancer?

If men play with their nipples, will they get breast cancer?

No: Men should be examining their breast eery month like women. Breast cancer while rare in men, does occur. ...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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Why am I having clear discharge from left nipple? Is this sign of breast cancer in men?

Needs evaluation: There are 100 female breast cancers for every 1male breast cancer. It is never normal to see nipple discharge in men. Although there may be benign causes, this calls for a prompt evaluation by a breast specialist such as a general surgeon. This may include blood tests, imaging studies such as mammography or ultrasound, and a careful history. Depending on the findings, a biopsy (tissue sample). ...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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If a man gets breast cancer, does he first have to have a lump of non-cancerours breast gland material under the nipple (that later turns cancerous?)?

If a man gets breast cancer, does he first have to have a lump of non-cancerours breast gland material under the nipple (that later turns cancerous?)?

No: All men have breast tissue, yet this tissue may not be palpable as a defined lump under the nipple. Breast cancer begins at a microscopic level and does not require palpable breast tissue in order to form. Some men have a condition where there is pathologic enlargement of their breast tissue--gynecomastia. Although controversial, this does seem to predispose one to breast cancer. ...Read more

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Recently got nipple piercings. Sleeps in bra to hold tissue on the nipple to get any blood that comes out. Woke up with pain in underarm. Can it be because of breast cancer?

Recently got nipple piercings. Sleeps in bra to hold tissue on the nipple to get any blood that comes out. Woke up with pain in underarm. Can it be because of breast cancer?

Here are some...: Be checked if there is inflammation of regional lymph node related with possible nipple-piercing infection. This is logical and the odd to have breast cancer in your scenario is almost next to zero. How to get all related things done correctly for good care? Follow advise in articles listed in http://www. Formefirst. Com/onDealSickness. Html. Best wish to health... ...Read more

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Do I need to go to the doctor to get this lump checked? Lump under my nipple, is this from the tanning bed or do I have breast cancer?

Do I need to go to the doctor to get this lump checked? Lump under my nipple, is this from the tanning bed or do I have breast cancer?

Would get checked: If you have never noticed it before, a new lump under thenipple should be checked. In a young age group, an ultrasound +/- biopsy would be able to clarify it for you quickly. ...Read more

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What is coming out of my nipples? Only when I squeeze I get a semi-thick white substance. I can see it under the skin before I squeeze it. Breast cancer does run in my family. I am 19 years old. No babies, no piercings, no birth control.

What is coming out of my nipples? Only when I squeeze I get a semi-thick white substance. I can see it under the skin before I squeeze it. Breast cancer does run in my family. I am 19 years old. No babies, no piercings, no birth control.

You: You describe leaking a white substance, which is probably breast milk and we call it galactorrhea. Breast milk formation is abnormal if it occurs more than 12 months after pregnancy lactation. You should have this checked to understand the cause.

Galactorrhea is caused by an excess of a hormone called prolactin. Excess prolactin can be caused by intense suckling, medications, low thyroid hormone conditions (hypothyroid), excess estrogen (birth control pills), stress, some unusual brain lesions or even non-cancerous pituitary tumors.

If the galactorrhea is caused by a specific disease then you need the disease treated. If there is no significant disease and the amount of discharge is minimal then sometimes no treatment is necessary. If the galactorrhea is causing embarrassing wetness or simply bothers you but there is no other serious disorder then medication can stop decrease the prolactin levels and the breast milk.

Good luck. ...Read more

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Would a breast u/s pick up a tumor deep in chest wall? I can't get mammo due to nursing. Have back neck shoulder aches and convinced its breast cancer

Would a breast u/s pick up a tumor deep in chest wall? I can't get mammo due to nursing. Have back neck shoulder aches and convinced its breast cancer

See below:: I agree entirely with the answers given by drs. Legha and harper. You can have a mammogram while nursing and should feel free to discuss alternatives with your doctor. ...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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What happens if a woman had to have her breast removed, due to breast cancer, could she keep her nipple?

What happens if a woman had to have her breast removed, due to breast cancer, could she keep her nipple?

In some cases: Some women can have a skin and nipple sparing mastectomy. It depends on the size, stage & location of the breast cancer. It also requires a very knowledgeable surgical team with a breast cancer surgeon & a plastic surgeon working together. ...Read more

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Can foreplay (involving breast and nipple) lead to breast cancer?

Can foreplay (involving breast and nipple) lead to breast cancer?

No: There is no association between breast/nipple trauma and the development of breast cancer. ...Read more

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Is bleeding from nipple a telltale symptom of breast cancer?

Is bleeding from nipple a telltale symptom of breast cancer?

~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. ...Read more

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If I have an itchy nipple does that mean I have breast cancer?

If I have an itchy nipple does that mean I have breast cancer?

Inflammatory breast: If you have itching for more than 3-4 weeks, see your doctor to rule out any serious pathology. ...Read more

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Nipple droop is symptom of breast cancer?

Nipple droop is symptom of breast cancer?

Possibly: Most patients with breast cancer will have either no symptoms or a lump in the breast. The cancer can cause some architectural distortion of the breast, though, which can cause some changes in the nipple like nipple inversion, retraction, or otherwise alter the appearance of the nipple. This is not the most typical presentation, but it can happen. ...Read more

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My nipples itch a lot is it normal or is it a form of breast cancer?

My nipples itch a lot is it normal or is it a form of breast cancer?

Nipple itching: Nipple itching is commonly caused by dry skin but can also be related to a fungal infection. Paget's disease of the nipple is a rare entity where early breast cancer shows up on the nipple with or without a breast mass. Recommend seeing your doctor. ...Read more

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Bf's nipple is enlarged and he is having pain. Is this breast cancer?

Bf's nipple is enlarged and he is having pain. Is this breast cancer?

Unlikely: He needs to have an examination by his doctor in order to find out what is wrong. If there is no lump felt, there it may be what is called gynecomastia which is a benign enlargement of male breast due to hormone imbalance. ...Read more

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The side of my nipple is slightly dimpling was that mean I have a breast cancer?

The side of my nipple is slightly dimpling was that mean I have a breast cancer?

See breast doctor.: Dimpling of the skin and/or nipple inversion are both breast changes that can be associated with breast cancer, therefore, I recommend that you see your primary care doctor for a referral to a breast specialist. Depending on your age and examination findings, they may want to get a mammogram +/- ultrasound. Of course, there are many false alarms, but it's better to prove that it's not a cancer. ...Read more

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Pain on my left nipple but only when I touch it. I'm a guy. Could it be breast cancer?

Pain on my left nipple but only when I touch it. I'm a guy. Could it be breast cancer?

Depending on age: Gynecomastia can be common, benign, related to medication, smoking marijuana, or a sign of another cancer (testis), so you need to be examined. Breast cancer in men is possible, but not the most common for a painful breast/nipple enlargement. Go get checked out. ...Read more

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If they take off your boob when you have breast cancer, what do they do with the nipple?

Removed or spared: Occasionally, the nipple and skin can be spared with a mastectomy, depending on the size of the breast, the size of the tumor, and how close the tumor is to the nipple. If there is tumor in close proximity to the nipple, the nipple and areola are removed with the breast tissue, and a new nipple and areola can be reconstructed later. ...Read more

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Is the change in direction of a nipple when its starting getting erected a sign of breast cancer?

Is the change in direction of a nipple when its starting getting erected a sign of breast cancer?

Not likely: But breast or nipple changes should be examined by a doctor to be sure. Breast cancer may present as a firm lump or less commonly nipple inversion, and early breast cancer will have little or no findings. You cannot be sure until you see a doctor for a physical examination & possibly a mammogram. ...Read more

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When I press my right Brest just below the nipple I feel some pain and the pain started yesterday. Could it be breast cancer.

When I press my right Brest just below the nipple I feel some pain and the pain started yesterday. Could it be breast cancer.

No cancer: cancer for the most part, when related to breast, starts in the ductal system and progresses to invade breast tissue with the appearance of a mass but no pain. This is followed by skin dimpling and again no pain. The latter is mostly induced by dilated milk ducts secondary to fibrocystic mastopathy. Have mammo to confirm. ...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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Will abscess in the nipple leads to breast cancer?

Will abscess in the nipple leads to breast cancer?

Not related: Nipple abscess and breast cancer are not causally related. However, you should seek treatment for abscess and discuss your concern with your doctor. ...Read more

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My left nipple is so itchy. Could it be breast cancer?

My left nipple is so itchy. Could it be breast cancer?

See dermatologist: It's prudent to have any new and persistent itchy patch on the skin examined by a dermatologist. Skin cancer can sometimes present with itching. ...Read more

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Might having a bump on you nipple mean you have breast cancer?

Might having a bump on you nipple mean you have breast cancer?

Not likely: But it depends on size and appearance of bump. A condition called paget's disease is an abnormal nipple that is really cancer. It is really impossible to say without looking at it. So go see a doctor who can tell you for sure. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between inverted nipples and breast cancer?

Is there a connection between inverted nipples and breast cancer?

Yes. But: If the nipple was always inverted, no connection. It is the normally everted nipple that converts to inverted that raises the red lantern of worry. Many cancers arise in dense tissue, and as it grows it draws the nipple inward. Imaging stil needed to identify the source and bipsy the kind of treatment needed. ...Read more

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Coulda sudden retracted nipple and slight burning mean breast cancer?

Coulda sudden retracted nipple and slight burning mean breast cancer?

Yes: If the nipple retracts after it is formed, it's worrisome. A physician's office visit and/or imaging is in order. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my left nipple is so itchy. Is it breast cancer?

What do you suggest if my left nipple is so itchy. Is it breast cancer?

Not necessarily: And at your age, rather unlikely. You should see your doc about it, though. Even a benign condition may need therapy. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a lump in my breast/nipples! Do I have breast cancer?

What to do if I have a lump in my breast/nipples! Do I have breast cancer?

Probably not: M: most lumps in the breast are actually not cancerous, but I definitely advise that you call this to your doctor's attention so that appropriate testing can be done. You will need at least a sonogram and mammogram to check out the lump areas. If you have many lumps, that is also a good sign that it is likely not cancer. ...Read more

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Preteen son has problems with his nipples. Could it possibly be breast cancer?

Preteen son has problems with his nipples. Could it possibly be breast cancer?

Age???: A 11-13 yo male who has developed nipple enlargement or tenderness is involved in a ritual of passage. About 1/2 of males will undergo this and in some it is quite dramatic. It is characterized by spongy tissue directly under the nipple. It can effect one or both sides, lasts an average of 6 mo, with a few cases lasting up to 2 yrs. Kids carrying extra weight can have more prominent findings. Not cancer. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Occurs when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. 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 ...Read more


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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Most breast cancers are carcinomas. This is a type of breast cancer. These cancers start in the cells that line organs and tissues. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which starts in cells that make glands (glandular tissue). Breast adenocarcinomas start in the ducts (the milk ducts) or ...Read more