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Nipple Areola Cancer
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
Yes: While rare, it is possible to develop skin cancer on the areola. Worrisome signs include a mole that is irregular, raised, ulcerated, or bleeding. When in doubt, it is best to seek out the opinion of a doctor. A simple biopsy can be performed in the office to determine if it is a cancer. ...Read more
Is the areola area considered the nipple area and how common and treatable are cancers in that area?
Pagets disease of br:
Paget disease of the nipple is a rare form of breast cancer. It occurs less than 5% of all breasr cancers, it can also affect men rarely
the cancer may be treatable with surgery and radiation and chemotherapy if there is spread to the lymph nodes
prognosis depends on the staging and if there is invasive cancer somewhere else in the breast. ...Read more
I have a white ring on my areola around one of my nipples and my breast is really itchy, could it be cancer?
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
After doing a skin sparing and nipple/areola sparing mastectomy, followed by chemo and radiation, can the cancer return in my nipple, areola or skin?
Rare, can happen: Unfortunately, recurrence of cancer can occur whether you have had a lumpectomy, mastectomy or nipple sparing mastectomy but only in a small number of patients. Your treating physicians will keep a close eye on you with regular checkups. As we don't know your case history details including the type of reconstruction it would be best to speak with your oncologist, breast and reconstructive surgeon. ...Read more
Took bra off, right breast slightly larger, red streaks, areola nipple sore, sometimes burning slightly red under breast. Is this cancer? I'm 51
36, left nipple has slight pink/redness around part of areola. No itching or burning, nipple looks normal. No immediate breast cx in family. Cancer rare?
Pink/redness: Slight pink/redness around part of your areola would not normally be a risk factor for breast cancer. If the rash/discoloration persists, be sure to see the Doc and get a clinical exam and evaluation of your breast to be safe, so you can get an official diagnosis and the best treatment will follow, best wishes. ...Read more
Never been pregnant, always had white spots on my nipples and areola. Down side is breast cancer runs in the family. Should I be worried?
Normal: White spots on the nipples and areola are called montgomery tubercles and are normal. ...Read more
Nerve pain: The 'pain' is interpreted as an itch. The 'bumps' are actually called montgomery glands. ...Read more
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
See below: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
Scratched the skin: You have scratched the skin off. You can use an antibiotic cream after bath with soap and water to keep it clean to prevent it getting infected. But you need to take some med to stop the itching like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) over the counter. And it may be a good idea to see your doctor or a dermatologist to find out the cause of itching and to stop scratching as it can happen again ...Read more
Female teenager, weird burning/uncomfortable tingling in my nipples/areolas, what could it be? Not due on for over two weeks yet?
I have a spot in my areola and it's itchy also my nipple itch and it seemms my areola is bigger than the other side I hae this for 2 months?
Dry Skin: Areolas can get dry in the winter just like other skin. Use a scent-free lotion or ointment like eucerin calming cream. If you notice anything else with that breast: discharge that is red or greenish, red tender or swollen areas, palpable lumps, or if the skin starts to look like an orange, see your physician. Also, women's breasts are rarely symmetrical, so having a larger areola is normal. ...Read more
I have white stuff in my nipple im29 years old and I was wondering is it cancer no leakage sometimes clear stuff my nipple is stretchy I'm scared?
Not likely cancer: White 'stuff' is most likely skin cells or secretions from skin or breast ducts. Not likely to be a breast or skin cancer. Stretching of the nipple is most likely pliable or stretchy skin. Should not be anything to worry about. If you are concerned, see your doctor and have it checked out. ...Read more
A few mths ago I got a small but painful bump on areola below nipple. Went away after a week. Today I woke up with the exact same bump in same spot.
Infected milk duct: This bump can represent a blocked milk duct. The areola has 17-19 milk ducts which get larger with pregnancy but can get infected. I would try putting heat on it and see if it decreases in size. If not, or if it keeps recurring, I would see your health care provider to determine whether you need antibiotics for a smoldering infection in the duct. Sometimes it spontaneously resolves. ...Read more
I am male, I had tiny brown spot at inside edge of areola, I picked it off 3 months ago it left tiny red hole which is not filling in, is it cancer?
See a doctor: Then only way to be sure is to see a physician. Male breast cancer is rare but can present just like female breast cancer. Sometimes skin cancer can also present like this. Non cancerous diagnoses like infection or cyst can be a possibility. See a physician for a comprehensive history and physician and possible biopsy. ...Read more
My cats back claw scratched my areola right next to my nipple not deep and only bled a little. Is it safe to nurse my baby? Don't want her to get ill
Scratch on nipple: While it is unlikely that you would have a problem, if it is healed, then it is safe. Wait until the scab goes away. ...Read more
I'm 17 y/o girl &have very veiny breasts, one is more veiny than the other, had for several months now, blue in colour. Also circulate on areola? Cancer?
Relax: Women with pale skin usually have visible veins, especially on the breasts. ...Read more
So I am not making this up - I was putting my cat in basement and his back claw scratched my areola right next to my nipple....Not deep and only bled?
Relax: 90% percent of infections caused by cat scratch are a result of repeated scratches. Even then, the disease is self limiting in 95% of patients who do not have immune compromise, (hiv, cancer). Tx is analgesics for pain, tylenol (acetaminophen) for fever. If persistent fever, swelling of lymph nodes occur, than an antibiotic can be considered. ...Read more
I've recently woke up with my left nipple hurting. It kinda feels swollen & I feel something hard in my areola. But, it's not pea sized. What is this?
It is...: Time to get a breast examination and breast ultrasound: never ignore any breast mass or lump. ...Read more
Have a marble size lump on my right areola below my nipple, only hurts when I lay on or touch it. I'm 41yrs old blk female whst could this be. I'm worrieD?
Could be a cyst: I would suggest you see a dermatologist to be sure it is a cyst of the skin and not in your breast. ...Read more
I previously got my nipples pierced and now my entire areolas drains pus (im guessing) & crust over is there anything over-the-counter I can get to help?
I have a small bump on my areola just above the nipple, its sensitive to touch but isn't an abnormal color. It might be a bit warmer than the other areola but that could be because I keep touching it.
As the weather gets colder, this is common. Use a heavier moisturizer on the area (eucerin, aquafor).
If you have an abnormal rash or breakage in the skin, see you doctor. ...Read more