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Wednesday, March 11, 2009 scurrier76, Community Member, asks

Q: Should my inverted nipple be a cause for concern?

About 8 months ago, I realize one of my nipples was partially 'collapsed'. After some time it has gone completely inverted. At first, I thought since I had my daughter in April of lat year, perhaps it was a milk duct issue. It has now been 8 months, there is no pain, no discharge. When I try to squeeze to push it back out, it inverts even more. I am 32 years old, and its been 3 years since my last mamogram. Should I be concerned about this??

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
3/12/09 5:42am

Yes, you should be concerned enogh to have this examined. Any breast change, including an inverted nipple, should be looked at by a doctor. At age 32 cancer is less likely for you than it would be for an older woman. Nonetheless, call the doctor and make an appointment; you do need to rule cancer out. Good luck - PJH

sue dyer, Community Member
3/12/09 4:09am

Hi. You are obviously worried enough to seek help here about this issue. I just found out that there can be about 20 different causes of an inverted nipple (You learn something new every day!). Yes, one of those causes is breast cancer, but since you don't have any discharge or other symptoms like swelling or redness, my gut feeling is that it's unlikely. I think you should get your doctor to check it out and set your mind at rest.


Here is the website where I found this information. You might like to read it yourself.


Best wishes and good luck.



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By scurrier76, Community Member— Last Modified: 03/15/14, First Published: 03/11/09