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Does nipple discharge always indicate cancer among men?

Does nipple discharge always indicate cancer among men?

Not always: Certainly suspicious, especially if the discharge is clear. You should see a doctor, and, obtain a good physical exam, mammogram and ultrasound to evaluate. ...Read more

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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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Does white nipple secretion always mean cancer or tumors?

Does white nipple secretion always mean cancer or tumors?

No: On the contrary, white discharge is almost always associated with a benign process. Niple discharge that is most concerning is watery or bloody, spontaneous, and occurs in only one breast. Even under these circumstances, this discharge is far more commonly due to a noncancerous condition. ...Read more

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Does male breast cancer have different symptoms from female breast cancer?

Does male breast cancer have different symptoms from female breast cancer?

Not really: Most breast cancers are without symptoms. That is why many are missed. Males having such little breast tissue may notice a lump earlier but not always so many go undetected because few realize that men are also susceptible to breast cancer. ...Read more

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What could cause milky green dual nipple galactorrhea in a male with normal prolactin levels? Ongoing since age 13. Nipples are never stimulated.

What could cause milky green dual nipple galactorrhea in a male with normal prolactin levels? Ongoing since age 13. Nipples are never stimulated.

Not worrisome: It sounds like this has been going on for a while (12 years). That, and the bilaterality, suggest that this is not something you need to be worried about. Figuring out what the cause is harder. Are the breasts enlarged (gynecomastia)? Are there any medications? Has anyone confirmed galactorrhea (not all discharges contain milk). Assay for altered forms of prolactin (macroprolactin). ...Read more

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Nipple discharge and lumps in breast. What does this indicate?

Nipple discharge and lumps in breast. What does this indicate?

Needs medical check: Since one of the causes of nipple discharge is intraductal lesions (tissue growth within a milk duct) which may even be cancerous you need to have a medical evaluation by a breast care provider. ...Read more

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I know that breast cancer in men is rare, but do men with manboobs have a higher rate of breast cancer than men with no manboobs?

I know that breast cancer in men is rare, but do men with manboobs have a higher rate of breast cancer than men with no manboobs?

Unproven: Men can have prominent breast tissue due to obesity (lipomastia) or a condition where there is increased glandular tissue--gynecomastia. It is often stated that gynecomastia is associated with increased risks of breast cancer, but no study has ever proven this. We do know, however, that high estrogen states can increase the risk of breast cancer in men (or women) and can be a cause of gynecomastia. ...Read more

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Neg mammo and ultrasound. Bloody nipple discharge when expressed. Does this require surgery? Papilloma in past. Different duct.

Neg mammo and ultrasound. Bloody nipple discharge when expressed. Does this require surgery? Papilloma in past. Different duct.

Duct excision best : If you have negative mammo and US but with bloody discharge from a single duct, you probably have another papilloma. You should have a duct excision as it is the only way to absolutely rule out a small carcinoma. ...Read more

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Does most women with stage 2 breast cancer always have a recurrence?

Does most women with stage 2 breast cancer always have a recurrence?

No: At least 80% survival at 5 years without breast cancer recurrence, but depends more on cell type, hormone receptors, dna of the tumor cells, response to treatments, etc the oncologist would have much more information specific to this situation. ...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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Does fibroadenoma also cause nipple discharge during pregnancy?

No: A fibroadenoma is a solid benign mass. It can increase in size or become more sensitive/painful during pregnancy due to the increased hormone exposure. If the fibroadenoma is larger, meaning over 2 cm, it could be compressing/blocking a nearby duct but the mass itself does not produce fluid and result in nipple discharge. ...Read more

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Is white discharge after urination in men serious?

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Is white discharge after urination in men serious?

My take ...: This sign, white discharge, alone is not enough to offer correct answer. To better get to the point, go to see a urologist who can analyze your detailed Hx + do physical exam + testing urine & others so to deduce right Dx for correct Rx as needed + counsel you for the future. Best wish ... ...Read more

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Why would the color pink be associated with breast cancer awareness?

Why would the color pink be associated with breast cancer awareness?

Femininity: Pink is traditionally a feminine color, but not exclusively, of course. Breast cancer is traditionally a disease of women, but not exclusively. Ergo, pink has been chosen to represent awareness. I hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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My mother had lobular breast cancer at 53. Does this mean ill get it? Is the lobular variety more likely genetic? I'm brca negative.

My mother had lobular breast cancer at 53. Does this mean ill get it? Is the lobular variety more likely genetic? I'm brca negative.

Probably not, no: The lobular variety has similar genetic risk as other varieties. Your mother having breast cancer does mean you have greater than average risk but it is still much more likely that you won't get it than you will. Many genes besides BRCA affect risk, but diet and lifestyle still has a greater influence on risk than genetics. See http://tinyurl.com/zwgadg2 and http://tinyurl.com/zg66ou7 ...Read more

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Breast lump in one breast areola region can it be cancer with nipple dicharge both breast white no odor only when squeezed?

Breast lump in one breast areola region can it be cancer with nipple dicharge both breast white no odor only when squeezed?

See a doctor: I cannot tell here what kind of breast lump you have. It could be a benign cyst or skin cyst. It could be something else. The nipple discharge sounds benign and may not even be related to the breast lump you feel All breast lumps need to be evaluated by a doctor & appropriate testing to tell what you may have. ...Read more

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Studies suggest reduced risk of prostate cancer with frequent ejaculations. So that means not masturbating causes prostate cancer? I don't buy it!

Studies suggest reduced risk of prostate cancer with frequent ejaculations. So that means not masturbating causes prostate cancer? I don't buy it!

See below: Masturbation, or not, will not affect your risk of prostate cancer or any other illness. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Wich is the probability that a 66yo woman with spontaneous, monolateral bloody nipple discharge have cancer?no injuries,no drugs and no familiarity

Wich is the probability that a 66yo woman with spontaneous, monolateral bloody nipple discharge have cancer?no injuries,no drugs and no familiarity

Varies: There can be benign conditions such as ductal papilloma, or there could be a cancerous cause. I hope yours is benign. Be sure to see a doctor and get a mammogram soon. ...Read more

Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more


Men (Definition)

Men are adult members of the male sex. The acropnym men also stands for multiple endocrine neoplasia, a hereditary condition that involves benign and malignant tumors of various glands. There are two main types, men ...Read more