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Breast Cancer

Intraductal papilloma

08/02/2007

Question:

I had a intraductal papilloma removed in December of 2004 which was causing bleeding from my nipple. (I also had a core biopsy 2 months prior). I had a mammogram in 2006 which showed nothing and in 2007 my mammogram showed I had another in the same area as the first. I just had this second one removed again this week. Is there anything I can do to prevent this and does this mean it could develop into cancer if I keep getting them? My surgeon tells me people usually have a solitary papilloma which is usually surgically removed and takes care of the problem. How common is it for people to get them more than once?

Answer:

Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to prevent you from getting a papilloma.  It is fairly unusual to see them repeatedly, but certainly possible.  As long as there is no atypia present within the papilloma, the cancer risk is not increased.

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Response by:

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