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Breast Cancer

Nipple mass

05/02/2007

Question:

I am a 29 yr old female, gave birth 7 months ago, did not breast feed. Had a small lump on my areola at beginning of pregnancy. Increased in size and tenderness throughout pregnancy. Now it is approx 1" in diameter and causing some yellow discharge. 2 months ago Initial consult diagnosed it was a skin tag. I decided for a 2nd opinion who recommended seeing a surgeon and possibly have removed if still caused problems. Met with surgeon 2 weeks ago, had ultrasound, was not connected to milk glands or any blood vessels, Suggests immediate removal and biopsy, he NOT ruling out malignancy. What are your thoughts?

Answer:

A persistent mass of the nipple probably should be biopsied.  Although a malignancy is unlikely, there are cancer that can affect the nipple area.

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Response by:

Doreen M Agnese, MD Doreen M Agnese, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University