Had Nipple Discharge?

Breast Discharge

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:

  • Are you pregnant?
  • Are you breast feeding?
  • From which breast do you have discharge?
  • How often does the breast discharge occur?
  • What is nipple discharge colour?
  • What is discharge consistency?
  • Is the nipple discharge spontaneous or when you squeeze?
  • Do you have a breast injury?
  • Do you have a breast infection?
  • Have a breast lump?
  • Do you have any breast pain?

This information helps your Doctor with breast cancer detection, along with clinical breast exam, collecting fluid samples, and blood tests.

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.

nipple discharge pagets disease

Pagets Disease Of The Nipple

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:

  • Nipple eczema
  • Nipple discharge
  • Itching
  • Redness or inflammation
  • Tingling
  • Increased sensitivity
  • Nipple rash
  • Crustiness
  • Burning sensation
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Breast swelling
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Pagets disease can look like a regular pimple, sore, insect bite, or uninteresting inflammation or infection, which can easily lead to delays in breast cancer detection.

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.

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