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Is bleeding from nipple breast cancer?

Is bleeding from nipple 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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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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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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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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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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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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Will a sudden retracted nipple and slight burning mean breast cancer?

Will a sudden retracted nipple and slight burning mean breast cancer?

Could be, but not: Necessarily. You need to have further tests, such as mammogram, ultrasound, and possibly a biopsy to tell for sure. Get to a doctor. ...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

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


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