Should I be concerned about breast cancer when I have milky draininge from my breasts (its not mastitis)? Multiple family members had breast cancer

Probably OK. If the drainage is milky (and not bloody or looking like fluid in a blister) it is probably ok, especially if you are pre-menopausal. You should probably see a breast speciialist to be sure. If your family history puts you at high enough risk, an MRI may be a better screening than mammography. Look up the gail model on the net to calculate your risk.
Worth checking out. Milky discharge is common and doesn't necessarily means you have breast cancer. It could be physiologic, side effects from medications or drugs, xs stimulation of the nipples, a pituitary tumor, pregnancy...See your doctor to have it evaluated for cause and of course, to rule out cancer. Good luck.

Related Questions

Can mastitis increase the risk of breast cancer?

No . Inflammation of the breast does not increase risk for breast cancer. However, there is a distict type of a very agressive breast cancer that can present like inflammation- a.K.A- inflammatory breast cancer-which is presented with redness, swelling breast with thickening over the skin area over the breast. One has to be very careful enough and not to miss the inflammatory breast cancer. Read more...

I have symptoms of what's probably mastitis, but worried about inflamatory breast cancer.?

Get checked! Mastitis is due to an infection. This is usually accompanied with other signs of infection-- fever, chills. The appearance of both can be similar. Both conditions warrant medical evaluation and treatment. Please see a qualified physician soon. Read more...
Get seen. Both conditions can be treated. You are worried about the worst possible scenario: inflammatory breast cancer. It is a low liklihood that this is the case. The good news is that we are doing a better job at treating inflammatory breast cancer. Neither of these can be diagnosed in this forum. Find a breast surgeon or general surgeon in your area to get evaluated and treated, if necessary. Read more...

What are the differences between inflammatory breast cancer and mastitis?

Cancer. One is an infection and one is cancer. Mastitis is an infection and looks like inflammatory breast cancer. Read more...
Cancer v. Infection. Inflammatory breast cancer is an aggressive subtype of invasive breast cancer, characterized by the spread of cancer cells into the lymphatics of the skin of the breast, giving the breast the appearance of an infection. Treatment is directed at chemo first followed by mastectomy and then radiation therapy. Unfortunately, diagnosis is often delayed due to the misdiagnosis of mastitis. Read more...
Major difference. Inflammatory breast cancer is a serious agressive cancer. It needs to be diagnosed early and treated agressively. It is sometimes difficult to distinguish mastitis from inflammatory breast cancer. If not certain a full thickness skin biopsy could be helpful. Read more...

Right breast hurting, did a self and didn't feel anything beside maybe by my arm pit. Mastitis, breast cancer, or something else?

cancer unlikely. Breast pain is poorly understood. Breast cancer rarely presents as breast pain. See your doctor. Mastitis would be much more common for a woman in her mid 20's. Read more...
Cystic change. Fibrocystic disease/changes is very common in women. This is most often seen during the menstrual cycle. Breast feel lumpy and painful which is caused by cyst formation (fluid filled areas) due to hormonal changes. Some women may have these changes without being on their menstrual cycle. Caffeine may cause the cysts to be overactive resulting in pain. This is not related to cancer. Read more...
Probably not cancer. Pain under your arm and in your upper breast is probably not a breast cancer. Pain in the breast is very common. If it comes and goes with your periods, i'm reassured. If it is constant or worsening, you should see a doctor. There is a rare type of breast cancer called inflammatory breast cancer that causes severe pain, redness, swelling, and skin dimpling, but your symptoms sound more mild. Read more...

Too young for a mammogram? Breast cancer runs in my family, and I'm really concerned about my own health. I'm only 17 - is it too early to get a mammogram?

Yes, . Yes, it is too early for you to get a mammogram. At this age, focus on self breast exams and familiarize yourself with the way your breasts feel so that you can notice if a lump develops in the future. Mammograms in young females are often extremely difficult to interpret because the breast tissue is so dense it hides most lesions. Screening for breast cancer using mammography starts at age 40. If you have a sister or mother who were diagnosed with breast cancer when they were younger than 50 years of age, then screening with breast MRI and genetic testing may be indicated. Read more...
Most likely yes. Mammograms become less accurate in women below forty and typically an ultrasound is the first imaging technique used. But there may be times when a physician will order a mammogram on a younger person. The important thing is to maintain regular follow-up with your primary care so your risk can be accessed and appropriate screening can be initiated. Read more...
Yes. 17 is probably too young. If you are concerned about an area, you may consider an ultrasound. Generally i recommend that women with a family history start getting mammograms 5 to 10 years younger than the when the family member was diagnosed with breast cancer, or age 40; whichever comes first. Read more...
It is too young. for a screening mammogram, but not too young for a risk profile if you have a strong family history. Has anyone in your family been tested for the BRCA gene? Sometimes screening begins in the 20s for BRCA carriers or other very high risk individuals. Read more...

I'm a twenty years old with a family history of breast cancer. I noticed a lump that has grown over the past few months. Should I be concerned?

Unlikely. It is unlikely at the age of 20 that it would be breast cancer. However, if you are concerned and have a family history, you should have an exam performed by your primary care provider. Read more...
Have it checked. At your age, it is unlikely to be breast cancer, rather it is probably a benign lesion. Pending on the age your family members were diagnosed with breast cancer can have a bearing on whether or not you should be concerned. With your family history of breast cancer, it wouldn't hurt to have it checked out. Read more...
Obvious. I think the fact that you asked the question shows that you are concerned, and with some reason. Although it is rare for someone your age to have breast cancer, it can happen--particularly in women with a strong family history, or known carriers of the breast cancer genes brca1 or brca2. Please see your doctor who can better assess your risk. Read more...