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Doctor insights on: Can Men Get Breast Cancer If Their Nipples Are Pinched

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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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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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