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Is it possible to have nipple areola cancer?

Is it possible to have nipple areola cancer?

Possible: Breast cancers can involve the nipple areolar region of the breast. Please see your doctor for an exam and an evaluation if you are concerned. ...Read more

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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Could the new freckle under my right nipple, on the areola, be a sign of cancer?

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

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Is the areola area considered the nipple area and how common and treatable are cancers in that area?

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

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I have a white ring on my areola around one of my nipples and my breast is really itchy, could it be cancer?

I have a white ring on my areola around one of my nipples and my breast is really itchy, could it be cancer?

Cancer unlikely: This is probably a minor skin irritation. Your GP can deal with it very effectively. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...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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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?

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

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My nipple has a protruding areola?

Get a check: A protruding area could be a growth under the areola. At your age this could be cause for concern thus I suggest that you see your doctor for a clinical breast exam to make sure it's not a growth. Good luck! ...Read more

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What causes itchness on the nipple or bumps on the areola?

What causes itchness on the nipple or bumps on the areola?

Nerve pain: The 'pain' is interpreted as an itch. The 'bumps' are actually called montgomery glands. ...Read more

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Can an inverted nipple cause cancer?

Can an inverted nipple cause cancer?

No: An inverted nipple representing the terminal milk duct system causes blockage of the duct system. The result is accumulation of fluid in the duct leading to cyst formation Cancer is caused by a virus like the MMTV getting into the Wnt 1 gene of the duct epithelium I ...Read more

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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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There are pimple-like formations on the areola and nipple. What is the solution?

There are pimple-like formations on the areola and nipple. What is the solution?

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

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I scratch my boobs a lot and now there's like open wounds on my areola and around my nipple?

I scratch my boobs a lot and now there's like open wounds on my areola and around my nipple?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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

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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


Areola (Definition)

The areola is the dark ...Read more