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Does white nipple secretion always mean cancer or tumors?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: Very unlikely

Milky or green color, multiple or bilateral ducts, and only occuring with expression all suggest benign physiologic discharge.
A unilateral (one duct, one breast) spontaneous bloody (red or brown) d/c draws the most attention but is still likely due to an underlying benign process - an intraductal papilloma (i.e. Small benign polyp). But this kind of discharge should be evaluated by a physician.

In brief: Very unlikely

Milky or green color, multiple or bilateral ducts, and only occuring with expression all suggest benign physiologic discharge.
A unilateral (one duct, one breast) spontaneous bloody (red or brown) d/c draws the most attention but is still likely due to an underlying benign process - an intraductal papilloma (i.e. Small benign polyp). But this kind of discharge should be evaluated by a physician.
Dr. Sean Canale
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Dr. Chakshu Gupta
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not always

It is most likely to be due to hormonal causes especially if from both nipples.
If it is from one nipple or is bloody it may be due to a cyst or growth in the breast ducts. A clinical examination with a mammogram is likely a good first step to rule out tumors. Very few of these tumors turn out to be cancers but one should seek medical attention to rule it out.

In brief: Not always

It is most likely to be due to hormonal causes especially if from both nipples.
If it is from one nipple or is bloody it may be due to a cyst or growth in the breast ducts. A clinical examination with a mammogram is likely a good first step to rule out tumors. Very few of these tumors turn out to be cancers but one should seek medical attention to rule it out.
Dr. Chakshu Gupta
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Dr. Marci Dietrich
Bariatrics

In brief: Nipple discharge

Hi there, any nipple discharge should be discussed with your physician.
5-9% of nipple discharges are cancerous. While a nipple secretion is benign most of the time, a physician cannot "tell" just by looking. Mammogram, ultrasound, mri. Ductogram, and possibly a biopsy is sometimes necessary to make sure the nipple secretion is benign, .

In brief: Nipple discharge

Hi there, any nipple discharge should be discussed with your physician.
5-9% of nipple discharges are cancerous. While a nipple secretion is benign most of the time, a physician cannot "tell" just by looking. Mammogram, ultrasound, mri. Ductogram, and possibly a biopsy is sometimes necessary to make sure the nipple secretion is benign, .
Dr. Marci Dietrich
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