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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

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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12 year old with inverted nipple? Breast cancer or normal?

12 year old with inverted nipple? Breast cancer or normal?

Likely normal: Most changes, such as this, in a 12 yo would be developmental, and will likely resolve w time. ...Read more

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Clear discharge & sometimes inverted only left nipple...Breast cancer? Just turned 20 & don't think im pregnant

Clear discharge & sometimes inverted only left nipple...Breast cancer? Just turned 20 & don't think im pregnant

Probably not!: Clear discharge is common, and if your nipple is only inverted some of the time, that's probably just how you are built. However, anything unusual that occurs only in one breast is worth getting checked. There is a myth that women your age don't get breast cancer. It's less common, but it does happen. See a doctor for a breast exam as a first step. ...Read more

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Does pressing breasts hard or normally pressing them n sucking on nipples cause breast cancer?

Does pressing breasts hard or normally pressing them n sucking on nipples cause breast cancer?

No: Breast tissue is susceptible to injury as any tissue in the body is if there is sufficient trauma. This can manifest with similar symptoms to breast cancer on occasion (lumps, pain, bruising, etc). However, pressing on the breast and nipple-sucking (even if traumatic) does not cause breast cancer. ...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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What does a crusted, scabbed, inverted nipple mean, breast cancer?

What does a crusted, scabbed, inverted nipple mean, breast cancer?

Rule out cancer: If the crusted inverted scabbed nipple is something new then it is important to rule out breast cancer unless you have had an inverted nipple since pubertal growth of the breast. ...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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Can foreplay (involving breast and nipple) lead to breast cancer?

Can foreplay (involving breast and nipple) lead to breast cancer?

No: There is no association between breast/nipple trauma and the development of breast cancer. ...Read more

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Hard and solid lump under my right nipple. Is this breast cancer?

Hard and solid lump under my right nipple. Is this breast cancer?

Could be. See MD now: Absolutely, it is possible to be a cancer. Need to see your doctor. You doctor can examine the lump-and further tests would need to be done accordingly that would include- mammogram/sonogram and biopsy of the lump. Please see your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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If men play with their nipples, will they get breast cancer?

If men play with their nipples, will they get breast cancer?

No: Men should be examining their breast eery month like women. Breast cancer while rare in men, does occur. ...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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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

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I've found lump in left breast hard not completly round and lumps under my arm also have discharge in nipple. Chances this is breast cancer?

I've found lump in left breast hard not completly round and lumps under my arm also have discharge in nipple. Chances this is breast cancer?

Can't provide you: With a statistical response. But would encourage you to have this medically evaluated promptly. ...Read more

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What to do about nipple infection or breast cancer?

What to do about nipple infection or breast cancer?

The best place to: Start for either of these conditions is with a medical evaluation. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a nipple infection and breast cancer?

What are the differences between a nipple infection and breast cancer?

Unclear question: Infection is due usually to bacteria. Cancer is a disorder of cell growth. If you have any concern about having either, please see your doctor as an examination is need to tell the difference. ...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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My nipples itch a lot is it normal or is it a form of breast cancer?

My nipples itch a lot is it normal or is it a form of breast cancer?

Nipple itching: Nipple itching is commonly caused by dry skin but can also be related to a fungal infection. Paget's disease of the nipple is a rare entity where early breast cancer shows up on the nipple with or without a breast mass. Recommend seeing your doctor. ...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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The side of my nipple is slightly dimpling was that mean I have a breast cancer?

The side of my nipple is slightly dimpling was that mean I have a breast cancer?

See breast doctor.: Dimpling of the skin and/or nipple inversion are both breast changes that can be associated with breast cancer, therefore, I recommend that you see your primary care doctor for a referral to a breast specialist. Depending on your age and examination findings, they may want to get a mammogram +/- ultrasound. Of course, there are many false alarms, but it's better to prove that it's not a cancer. ...Read more

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Pain on my left nipple but only when I touch it. I'm a guy. Could it be breast cancer?

Pain on my left nipple but only when I touch it. I'm a guy. Could it be breast cancer?

Depending on age: Gynecomastia can be common, benign, related to medication, smoking marijuana, or a sign of another cancer (testis), so you need to be examined. Breast cancer in men is possible, but not the most common for a painful breast/nipple enlargement. Go get checked out. ...Read more

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If they take off your boob when you have breast cancer, what do they do with the nipple?

Removed or spared: Occasionally, the nipple and skin can be spared with a mastectomy, depending on the size of the breast, the size of the tumor, and how close the tumor is to the nipple. If there is tumor in close proximity to the nipple, the nipple and areola are removed with the breast tissue, and a new nipple and areola can be reconstructed later. ...Read more

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Is the change in direction of a nipple when its starting getting erected a sign of breast cancer?

Is the change in direction of a nipple when its starting getting erected a sign of breast cancer?

Not likely: But breast or nipple changes should be examined by a doctor to be sure. Breast cancer may present as a firm lump or less commonly nipple inversion, and early breast cancer will have little or no findings. You cannot be sure until you see a doctor for a physical examination & possibly a mammogram. ...Read more

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What happens if a woman had to have her breast removed, due to breast cancer, could she keep her nipple?

What happens if a woman had to have her breast removed, due to breast cancer, could she keep her nipple?

In some cases: Some women can have a skin and nipple sparing mastectomy. It depends on the size, stage & location of the breast cancer. It also requires a very knowledgeable surgical team with a breast cancer surgeon & a plastic surgeon working together. ...Read more

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I've been pinch last month by a friend in the nipple at hurts so much until now would I get breast cancer because of that?

Unlikely.: Nipple trauma is not known to cause breast cancer. If it is still bothersome you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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When I press my right Brest just below the nipple I feel some pain and the pain started yesterday. Could it be breast cancer.

When I press my right Brest just below the nipple I feel some pain and the pain started yesterday. Could it be breast cancer.

No cancer: cancer for the most part, when related to breast, starts in the ductal system and progresses to invade breast tissue with the appearance of a mass but no pain. This is followed by skin dimpling and again no pain. The latter is mostly induced by dilated milk ducts secondary to fibrocystic mastopathy. Have mammo to confirm. ...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


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Most breast cancers are carcinomas. This is a type of breast cancer. These cancers start in the cells that line organs and tissues. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which starts in cells that make glands (glandular tissue). Breast adenocarcinomas start in the ducts (the milk ducts) or ...Read more