Nipple discharge is a common problem many women seek medical advice on. It can be alarming at first, but is mainly due to possible hormonal issues and on its own, is not usually a sign of breast cancer. Since our breasts are glandular, occasionally they may secrete fluid from one or both nipples. Breast discharge can range in colour from milky, yellow, and green, to brown and bloody, with variable consistency.
A medical professional would ask:
Ladies, it is possible to have normal breast and nipple changes as you age, or as your weight goes up and down. This can alter your nipple shape and size. If you were to notice indentations, inverted nipples, breast rash or experience swollen lymph nodes, please seek medical advice.
Doing regular breast examination will help you get familiar with your breasts, and keep track of what is normal for you. Getting into this habit, makes you more aware of possible changes to your body, and should the need arise, means you are able to get the help that you require, earlier.
Pagets disease of the breast, also known as Pagets disease of the nipple, is named after English surgeon, Sir James Paget. Pagets disease is a uncommon breast cancer that is found around and on the nipple, and although it is possible for men to get this breast cancer, it is found mainly in women.
Look out for:
A clinical breast exam, biopsy and discharge sample would be required for further information. There may or may not be an associated lump, but Pagets disease of the breast normally indicates underlying breast cancer.
With signs and symptoms similar to other medical problems, Pagets disease can be mistaken for something other than a sign of breast cancer. If you are worried or have any of the signs mentioned, please seek medical advice and ask that Pagets disease be a consideration.