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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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Nipple discharge with medication? Cancer?

Nipple discharge with medication? Cancer?

Probably not: If a nipple discharge is associated with a medication, it is probably due to that medication, and no something more serious like a cancer. In this case it should stop when the medication stops. However, sometimes there is more than one thing going on, or something rare. Check with your healthcare provider if in doubt. ...Read more

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Breast pain and nipple discharge. Are these symptoms of breast cancer?

Breast pain and nipple discharge. Are these symptoms of breast cancer?

Not usually: Breast pain and nipple discharge are infrequently signs of cancer. Pain may be related to fibrocystic changes or perhaps infection or inflammation. Nipple discharge may be due to a intraductal papilloma, a benign tumor within the duct system (usually near the nipple). You should have a physical exam, and possibly ultrasound to determine the cause of your symptoms. ...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

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Besides cancer, what can a 66yo woman with bloody nipple discharge ,monolateral and spontaneous have? She doesn't take drugs.no familiarity for cancer

Besides cancer, what can a 66yo woman with bloody nipple discharge ,monolateral and spontaneous have? She doesn't take drugs.no familiarity for cancer

Cancer likely: A bloody nipple discharge is very concerning, especially at her age. Polyps in the ducts are possible, but these are likely to be at least premaliglant. When need immediate evaluation. ...Read more

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Hi, I have nipple discharge recently but now it become scab . Its not painful . I have eczema which is very bad. Can I know if this is cancer?

Hi, I have nipple discharge recently but now it become scab . Its not painful . I have eczema which is very bad. Can I know if this is cancer?

See a doc for tests: Bloody nipple discharge can be a cancer. Needs to be checked. Your young age suggests it is unlikely- BUT NOT IMPOSSIBLE to have a cancer. ...Read more

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Hi, I have nipple discharge recently but now it become scab . Its not painful . I have eczema which is very vad. Can I know if this is cancer?

Hi, I have nipple discharge recently but now it become scab . Its not painful . I have eczema which is very vad. Can I know if this is cancer?

Not likely: Not likely. Did you squeeze your nipple or did it have discharge spontaneously? Spontaneous one is more worrisome but still more likely a hormone problem than cancer. If you squeeze it or have been scratching your nipple a lot from eczema, you could have stimulated your brain to cause breast milk production. Either way, you should see a doctor to get eczema under control and do a breast exam. ...Read more

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Can you have a lump with nipple discharge milky no foul odor on one breast only and not be cancer?

Can you have a lump with nipple discharge milky no foul odor on one breast only and not be cancer?

Not cancer: Clear or serous fluid drainage from the nipple is not an indication of malignancy. In some instances bloody drainage may suggest presence of tumor. A lump with drainage probably is a cyst and if so should be aspirated. Mammogram of course is also part of the evaluation. ...Read more

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I'm 26 w/ family history of breast cancer at a young age.. I found a painful ropy mass/nipple discharge but my dr wants to wait on a us due to my age?

I'm 26 w/ family history of breast cancer at a young age.. I found a painful ropy mass/nipple discharge but my dr wants to wait on a us due to my age?

Very astute: Mass are a young age are less likely to be cancer but your family history is concerning. The character of your discharge would support one or another. For certain, it needs to be looked at by a professional, and would suggest a breast surgeon to see it. There are instances where watching it would be ok but a more extensive history and physical exam are needed to figure that out! ...Read more

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Bilateral nipple discharge with stimulation, cytology was negative, no lump or mass seen on u/s.Is this accurate test for breast cancer?

Bilateral nipple discharge with stimulation, cytology was negative, no lump or mass seen on u/s.Is this accurate test for breast cancer?

Sort of: Cytology is not a great test to rule out cancer in the case of nipple discharge. Ultrasound is a good test but also doesn't rule out cancer. However bilateral discharge, only with stimulation, is extremely unlikely to represent cancer, especially at your age. Unilateral, spontaneous discharge is more concerning, as is bloody nipple discharge. ...Read more

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What happens at an breast MRI if your not screening for breast cancer but screening for both breasts that have inverted nipple discharge? I'm 18.

What happens at an breast MRI if your not screening for breast  cancer but screening for both breasts that have inverted nipple discharge? I'm 18.

Careful with MRI: Mri has a high sensitivity but low specificity and often finds many benign lesions. That increases worry and leads to more tests and biopsies, but rarely finds cancer. I wouldn't recommend MRI here. Bilateral nipple discharge is common and not worrisome for cancer, and cancer at age 18 is extremely unlikely. There are other tests to determine the cause of the discharge or if it is of concern. ...Read more

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What does one pierced nipple discharge mean in a man?

What does one pierced nipple discharge mean in a man?

Possible infection: May be sign of infection. See a doctor for possible cultures and to prescribe an antibiotic after evaluation. ...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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If I had nipple discharge with some blood at the age 9 or 10 was that a sign of Breast cancer. I'm 23 now. Help reassure me?

If I had nipple discharge with some blood at the age 9 or 10 was that a sign of Breast cancer. I'm 23 now. Help reassure me?

No cancer: The discharge many years ago was due to hormonal changes. You need not worry about breast cancer.
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Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
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Can a bug bite cause nipple discharge?

Can a bug bite cause nipple discharge?

Nipple discharge: Should not. 2 different things. If you have nipple discharge, is it both breasts? Color? How do you see it? ...Read more

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I have just a little nipple discharge when squeezed. Could it be dangerous?

I have just a little nipple discharge when squeezed. Could it be dangerous?

Depends: What color is the discharge. Bloody or rust colored nipple discharge could represent cancer. The nipple can leak fluid of many different colors and could be benign. See your doctor! ...Read more

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Do nipple discharge upon squeezing and leave and again squeezing them rapidly?

Definitely can: Most women get nipple discharge if they are stimulated consistently. If you are squeezing a lot you'll probably get some. This is generally not to worry as long as the discharge doesn't happen without the squeezing. Blood testing (prolactin, etc....) with a doctor may be helpful. ...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