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Q: 50 yrs old, leakage from the breast nipple (clear) not pregnant

I am 50 yrs. old I have noticed some clear leakage from one of my breast, it appears on my clothing. I can't be pregnant what does this mean?

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
3/15/09 8:32am

Debb, 

Many different factors can cause nipple discharge including hormonal imbalances, infection, and cancer.  Even non-breastfeeding women often have some discharge, especially if they squeeze their breasts.  Clear leakage is less likely to be a cancer symptom; however, any change that lasts longer than a menstrual period and that affects only one breast needs to be checked out by a doctor to determine exactly what is causing it.  Read this article on nipple discharge for more details.  I hope you get good news when you see the doctor.

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By debb, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/26/10, First Published: 03/14/09