I get brownish nipple discharge from my right nipple, but only if I squeeze my breast, and even then it's only a tiny drop. Could this be an early symptom of breast cancer, or is it something else?
Nipple discharge is almost certainly not a sign of breast cancer; not because it's impossible, but because there are other more likely causes. Nipple discharge isn't generally dangerous. It can range from clear and thin to thick, sticky, and dark-colored, depending on the cause behind it. Nipple discharge can be the result of galactorrhea, a hormonal imbalance; an infection in a milk duct; or fibrocystic change, among other things.
Should you be concerned, or is it OK to wait and see what happens? Usually it's OK to simply wait and see if nipple discharge abates on its own. This is especially true when the discharge is clear or milky; if it's happening in both breasts, and happens only when you squeeze your nipples.
Since your nipple discharge is happening in just one breast; and it's dark, rather than clear, it would be best to see a doctor for a diagnosis of what's causing it. It's always wise to get breast changes checked by your doctor, especially if they last longer than a month. If your doctor is unable to determine a cause, consider asking for a second opinion from a breast specialist. Good luck.
Hi PJ, this really isn't a response, I read the Mayo Clinic article. I also have the brownish discharge, I am in severe pain most days ( a sharp stabbing pain that seems to radiate under my arm and sometimes down my right arm.) I have digital mamograms every 6 months on my right breast due to three lumps and digital on my left breast once a year. My last doctor told me to squeeze the nipple and get rid of the ooze. I didn't do it because I knew that could make it worse, more room for infection. I do have another doctor now. However, no one seems to take the fact that I am in pain seriously. Should I see another doctor?
Thanks Much !!
Yes, Pam, if your current doctors don't seem to be able to successfully address the pain, you should definitely get another opinion. Please ask for a referral to a breast specialist, OK? Good luck - PJH
Pam, your best bet would be to see a breast specialist. Ask your GP for a referral; breast specialists are often found at cancer centers, but don't let that throw you; that just happens to be where they're located, even though they treat all breast issues, not just cancer. Hope a specialist can diagnose this and get you some relief soon - PJH
Thanks for sharing your personal experience here, Donna. It's so helpful to other women to hear from someone who's "been there." And your cautionary advice is well worth considering; if you feel something is wrong, keep pushing for an answer, something besides "We're not sure what it is, but we think it's OK." If only for your own peace of mind, it's well worth pursuing any necessary tests to get to the bottom of "mysterious" symptoms. I hope you're doing well - take care. PJH
this is stepaheda, I just 2 and half weeks ago had a mastectomy. In no way am I trying to alarm you, but this is just how my nightmare back in nov-2007 began. There was a brownish discharge coming from my right breast. And I know those nice lady who said that it is probably nothing to worry about are trying to give you the best advice.
But when I read that it made my heart very sad, because for 6 months that was what all the doctors and everyone that I spoke to about it kept telling me, that is was normal at my age 49. I even went to my regular dr. for my yearly ck up, and the test came back not normal. And they still kept telling me that if I were you I would just put it out of my mind, it's normal.
Due to the fact that we were going to be moving soon, I asked the doctor to check it out again but this time it had been about 8 months since the first test. So she said I'm just going to send you to a surgeon. And the very first words out of this mouth, was honey don't worry this is normal I am 99.9% you do not have cancer. But guest what, YES I did have cancer, yes it was in the early stagest, and with the surgery they were able to get it all. But the surgeon and his staff could not stop telling me how sorry, they were that they had treated me as if it was nothing.
So Tracey, all I can say to you, is please go to your doctor, and have them to test it. and if it does not come back clear. Do not except that answer, keep requesting that they keep looking till they get it right. My doctor say we were only able to get to the bottom of your cancer because you (I) would not take I'm not sure for an answer. There was no lump, and he said this cancer could have stay hidden untill it was too late to remove it all. I feel so blessed, that I can now say I am CANCER FREE! As my doctor say just because you were a pain in our butt, hahahaha he is a wonderful doctor, and once he knew he had made a big mistake by telling me it was nothing to worry about, he didn't stop until he got to the bottom of it. So you see sometime you just have to make them do their best.
I hope this will be of some help to you, Please see your doctor ASAP, and don't take it's normal as an answer.
Just trying to help,
I don't know what to say..........I'm so sorry that you lost your breast, who would of thought it started with the discharge?
I'm worried sick about my mum, who has a browny-sticky-discharge problem with her breasts at the moment.
She wasn't going to do anything about it untill I gave her an earfull & told her to make an appointment.
She has been reffererd to see a specialist this coming monday.
Her mum had a double mastectomy so you can't be too carefull.
Thanks to your comment, I now understand that there might be a possibility my mum could have cancer, & how terrible it must of been for you, being told "don't worry, your be fine".
So I agree with you about the above comments, as helpfull as they seem, & they do advise people to see their doctors anyway, why do they mention, "it is probley not breast cancer"?.
Well, I hope your living your life to the full & love yourself to the max.
Thank you for your comment x
steph thank you for your words i just happen to get this while looking up the brownish yellowish discharge and you helped me. i have a simular story only mine is still nothing is wrong and althought i am sure those other ladies is well intention...they are not well imformed nor accurate due to everyones body is different and unless your breast feeding nothing is suposed to come out of your breast. i am absolutely frustrated. i have had two mamogram and ultra sounds and i have 3 masses and fibrosis and stuff coming out of my right breast. i want a biopsy and i am getting the same results and words you described. i have 3 family members who have had breast cancer but since it is not my mom or anysisters its suposedly not a strong family history. it was my aunt on one side and great grandmother and grandmother on the other side. only thing i can think of is the guy writing all this down for the surgeon is drinking --- heavily i might add. so unless i am completely confused about the finding does it seam wierd not to check it
i am trying for a biopsy but getting denied and i thought it was my right and besides all that a mass is a mass and i have 3 of them. And frankly either way your not supose to have masses in your breast! Thank you for your response - Halls-
Thank God for your recovery, I totally agree with you, Many women do not take breast cancer serious, I had a friend that died at age 42. Because her breast cancer was found too late. I can relate to the nipple discharge, I have a light yellowish looking discharge that comes out of both my nipples when I squeeze them. I also have fibrisystic disease, So every time I go to get my mamogram, I get a ultrasound also. I also get a needle aspiration, to remove the fluid in the cysts, but it still doesnt stop the nipple discharge. Please Please everyone stay on top of your breast exams.
hello read your article and the discharge is not in my right breast its in my left one. I had to squeeze it for some reason i did and it discharged a small amount but it does have me concerned. My whole problem is that I recently lost my job and have no insurance WHAT TO DO? WHERE TO GO? It seems so hopeless for me I do believe in God but how do I get this checked? Please write back and let me know I am very concerned.....
Hi my name is Loretta, I to have a brownish, looks like bruised blood that comes from my left breast when I squeeze it. I know people say don't squeeze it, but sometimes it has pain and squeezing it seems to make it feel better but then theres the discharge. This has been going on for about 10 years or more I keep having mammograms, and the doctors keep telling me not to worry the test were negative but it seems to be getting worse and I am scared shitless that it may be cancer hidden, I just don't know what else to do.
Loretta, a problem you have had for ten years is not likely to be cancer. Over the course of the first year or two, it would have gotten much worse and/or other cancer symptoms would have shown up. Your doctors have checked this out and don't think there is any reason to worry. However, it is getting worse, so it seems reasonable to go back to the doctor and be checked out. If your doctor just tells you not to worry without explaining the cause for the pain and discharge, ask some more questions about what he or she thinks the cause is. There are several possible causes for nipple discharge, and I wouldn't want to guess what is causing yours, but your doctor should be able to give you a more extensive explanation. This article on nipple discharge may also be helpful.
What test did they do? I am having a dark green discharge from my breast I am 47. Please help me know what to ask my Dr.
All you need to do is tell the doctor the facts about the discharge: what it looks, when it happens, & how long you've had it. Your doctor should do a clinical breast exam and then decide what tests are appropriate.
thank you for sharing just today my sister was over and took me to the bathroom to show me yellow discharge from her breast and i told her it might be fibrocysitic cyst or something to get it checked out and I said hmm thats weird i've never had discharge and I squeezed my right nipple and dark brown came out from several places almost looked like blood but brown..... It really suprised me!!!!! I just had diagnostic mamogram and sonagram less than 2 weeks ago bow because of a lump under my left are but now which has gone down. My question to you is : what test did they take for you to finally detirmine the results? was it blood test? I go to dr. this week and I would like to know what test should be taken besides what i just had and they came out normal both mamogram and sonagram results.. thank you
Annette, they may give you a ductogram (galactogram) - which is an image of just the milk ducts. This is often used to determine the source of any nipple discharge. Good luck with your appointment - I hope you get good results. PJH
I'm also having a similar problem.. Back in June (I was 19) I started having green discharge from my right nipple. A few weeks later the discharge became red, then brown. I went to Planned Parenthood to get myself looked at and they referred me to get an ultrasound and to see a specialist (roughly July or August). I hit myself at work with a box shortly after that, the discharge turned red, again, then brown about 5 or 6 days later. I waited until September to get the ultrasound because I would have insurance through my employer by then, they told me it was fine, that lots of people get a discharge and don't really talk about it, and it was normal. I had read articles online, and the Nurse Practitioner at Planned Parenthood told me that brown wasn't a warning color, so I decided I wouldn't see the specialist and told myself it would eventually stop. It never stopped. Last night (I'm now 20) I went to the emergency room because something in my breast started swelling and now I'm in pain. They got me examined in the room, got me another ultrasound because they found the swelling, and the ultrasound didn't show anything. They referred me to a specialist who I called this morning and they didn't set me up with an appointment, I'm still waiting to hear back from them. I'm extremely scared, my family is a melting pot of all kinds of hereditary diseases (diabetes, heart attack, all kinds of cancers- my father's mother had both of her breasts removed) and I'm really scared I have cancer. I'm telling myself that it's just an infection (gotta keep my hopes up) but I'm just, frankly, terrified. It has just started causing me pain, it hasn't even been in pain for a week. But the rapid onset of pain and swelling has me worried. It worries me a little more that I'm in more pain now than I was last night. I just don't know what to do while I wait to see the specialist.
The pain, the discharge, your family history, and your accident with the box may all be unrelated, unlikely though it sounds. Be that as it may, you need to find out why your breast has suddenly become swollen and painful; and if it's getting worse, you can't wait to see a specialist - you need to find out what it is ASAP. I'd say that means another trip to the ER, emphasizing that your breast is painful, and the pain is getting worse and worse. They should at least start you on a course of antibiotics, in case you're developing an infection.
In the meantime, set up your appointment with the specialist; this is absolutely the right course, since the Planned Parenthood nurse seems to have dropped the ball. Many women do have nipple discharge, and it's nearly always hormonal. However, color does matter (red/brown can be a sign of blood and can signify an infection or growth, as opposed to something just hormonal). Also, if the discharge is spontaneous (it happens without you touching your breast, rather than from squeezing your nipple), that's a sign that it could be due to a non-hormonal cause, and needs to be diagnosed.
That said, please don't stress. Your age, your symptoms, and the length of time you've had them don't point to breast cancer, so the odds are definitely on your side. Hope you get some relief from the pain soon, see a specialist, and find out what's causing these symptoms. Good luck - PJH
I agree with PJ that this is a "don't wait" situation. Your symptoms are getting worse, and pain and swelling can indicate an infection that needs immediate attention. Although discharge can be perfectly normal, it sounds like your has be on just one side, which is also a signal that you need to be seen by a specialist. Sometimes little wart-like growth in the ducts in your breast can cause discharge, and sometimes discharge is a breast cancer symptom. Please be assertive about getting this diagnosed. Call the specialist back today and ask how soon you can be seen. Emphasize that your pain and swelling is getting worse. If you can't get an appointment within a few days with the specialist, go back to the ER or the Planned Parenthood nurse for now. They may have some new ideas now that your symptoms are getting worse. Then be sure to go to the specialist when the appointment time is available even if you are better. You need to be seen by someone who is an expert in breast issues. Try not to panic; the least likely cause for your problem is cancer, but you need to rule out cancer so that you can have some piece of mind, and you need the underlying cause of this discharge treated.
Hi I'm from New Zealand and I've googled and googled for some website in NZ to write to bu does not seem to be one for my problem. Then I saw how Robin has had nipple discharge for over 10 years. I'm 31 and have had bloody, spontaneous nipple discharge from my right breast since I was 18. I have been to my doctor 3X over the course of the years and she has only tested the fluid, both of which were benign, but now that I've read up more on this, fluid samples tell me nothing and I'm scared that it might have been my doctor dismissing me. Now I have a smooth, mobile 3cm lump that my doctor is still convinced is not cancer. She has finally put me on the waiting list for an ultra sound but I'm scared it's too late. In NZ health system is free if you meet certain criteria and because I'm younger it's taken 2 months for them to receive the referral and now I'm on the waiting list. I can't afford to go private I live in Christchurch where due to0 continuing earth quakes there isn't alot of jobs so I have to work sporadically and study in the hope I'lll get a better career. I hop I don't sound ungrateful I know the US health system is harsh, but medical insurance is completely out of my reach and private health care is small here. I'm scared thanks for reading, the only thing I want to live for is my husband and 3 pound dogs and cats
Christina, bloody discharge that's spontaneous can be a sign of breast cancer - but not if it's gone on for years without developing innto something more substantial very quickly, like within months of when it first started. Cancer does grow, so any breast change that doesn't get worse for years wouldn't be cancer. However, a new lump in your breast needs to be examined and diagnosed; I'm glad you've taken steps to make that happen. At your age, and from your description, this sounds like a cyst, which are quite common in 20-30-year-olds. An ultrasound will definitely confirm if this is a cyst. If it's not, then you'll have to continue to pursue a diagnosis; this could be a fibroadenoma, another common (benign) condition in women your age. Or it could be cancer - though of all the things a breast lump might be, cancer is probably the least likely. So, the odds are definitely in your favor. Good luck - I hope you get some resolution soon. PJH
@stepaheda i was only going to read the first answer to the ladys question about the discharge im glad i kept reading GOD is with me because i have had a brownish discharge and my doctor kept telling me the same thing its normal i have noudgles in my breast they found but now my breast has been hurting really bad for at least 3 months where i cant even touch it i am going for another mammogram but yes i am going to push them to cheek more so glad they finally got yours GOD bless you and you have helped me thank you kimmi
I am so glad i just read your response because im going through what you have been through so i am going to push my dr to look futher or contact another one GOD bless you
Kimmi, I'm so glad you found us. Yes, please do push your doctor - and if s/he's not budging, ask for a referral for a second opinon - either from a breast specialist, or a breast surgeon. You need to find out what's causing this pain and discharge, and get it treated if necessary. Best of luck to you - PJH
Im so sorry to hear that you went thru that. However I also have a brownish black discharge from my left nipple. I discovered it while doing a self breast exam. I immediately started to cry. I have no insurance and no primary care doctor. Any suggestions for this 40 year old scared woman?
Yes. Go to your local hospital, ask to speak to a social worker, and explain your symptoms, and your situation. You should be able to get a free mammogram, which is a first step in finding out what's going on. If you run into any roadblocks at the hospital, check out our post, mammograms for underserved women. That will give you the resources you need to get going on diagnosing this issue. Good luck - PJH
hi! thank you for your message, i googled nipple discharge and came across your message. i have a brown discharge from my left nipple the last two days, i dont have any pain from it. just spotting. i am seeing my own doctor tomorrow and a bit nervous as my mums sister died at 37 from breast cancer. it brings back alot of sadness. i hope its just an infection or something minor, mandy
Hi Mandy, Im sure you are fine, that was just the situation with me. But remember I also had many other health issues going all at the same time. But Im happy to hear that you are seeing your doctor soon. Please keep us all informed we are here for you.
Mandy, nipple discharge is nearly always caused by a hormonal issue, or by an infection, or blocked duct or oil gland. That said, with your mum's history of breast cancer, it's good that you're seeing a doctor about this; nipple discharge does qualify as a breast change, and any breast change should be checked by a doctor. Make sure s/he knows about your family breast cancer history, OK? Best of luck - let us know how your appointment goes. PJH
hi my name is sue, i also get brown discharge from my right nipple, ive been to my doctor a couple of times and because i had no discharge at the time they won't do anything about it, my doctor said they got to see the actual discharge, but now the areole is changing aswell im worried and dont no where else to turn have you got any sugestions please .
Suzanne, ask your doctor for a referral to a breast specialist, for a second opinion; you really should get further testing to reach a diagnosis of what's causing this symptom. If your current doctor proves reluctant to help you, speak to the social workers at your local hospital about how to go about getting a second opinion from a breast specialist. They can help you. Good luck - PJH
hi its sue thank you for your reply, ive seen a diferent doctor and they have now referred me to the breast clinic, i have now the same problem on my left breast with the areole disappearing, its so worrying.
Sue, I'm glad you're moving forward with this - a referral to the breast clinic is just what the doctor ordered (pun intended!) If you're having the same symptom in both breasts, it's very, very unlikely it would be cancer-related; cancer symptoms usually only show up in one breast at a time. So, please try not to stress too much; I'm sure you'll feel better once you see someone who can actually help you by providing the proper diagnostic tests. Good luck - PJH
Thank you for your advice and commit I have been having pain in both brest left one is the worse and I also have the dark brown dscharge coming from my nipples, I went to the dr he sent me to a spechilist and the dr did blood work but never even looked at my brest or the color of the discharge he told me to take this medication Bromocriptin 5 mg and this should clear up and stop the discharge that this is perfactly normial when the discharge stops the pain will go away and he will see me in 6 mths . I am still having the disharge and still having the pain and I have many cases of brest cancer in both sides of my famiy. It has been two mths since I saw that dr I am 38 years old and I already had mersa cut out of both brest two years back from a diff dr. I will be going back to the dr and get a brest dr referal tnks for teling your story Candi p.s. I am still worried in pain and scared but at least I know I am not aone now.
I'm glad you're getting a referral to a breast specialist - that's the best course of action. Thankfully, any condition that affects both breasts at once - pain, discharge, etc. - is almost certainly a systemic issue of some kind, usually a hormonal imbalance. Breast cancer very, very seldom presents symptoms in both breasts at once. I hope this relieves your anixiety a bit as you wait for your next appointment. Good luck - PJH
I wasn't able to breast feed since baby back in 2008 . She was lactose intolorant , milk never came in any more then pea size amount at a time . I have milky ivory color discharge from my right boob , it's usually very small no pain in that boob. But I'm having pain in my left nipple from some time no it doesn't last long the pain as long as I squeeze it off , there has been dark brown discharge from that boob it's then only a tiny amount . I have mentioned it to my mother who works in the health care field , she says nothing to worry about it stop squeezing it off but if I dn't it throbs . Is this some thing I should be worried about ? I've had it since 2008 , I went to doctor he said nothing to worry about at that time .But it's still happening over all these years , my daughter is almost 5 years old , I'm a single mom am seperated from my hubby almost 2 years now , I'm almost 36 , Should I go get it checked ? I've never had a mamogram ever in my life. I'm scared cause lots of family members have been diagosed with cancer on my side , my daughter dad's side of his family but it's all colon cancer so far.
Hi - The dark discharge you describe would be more worrisome if it was a new symptom. But after 5 years, if it was cancer-related, it seems it would have evolved into something more serious by now. There are many things that could be causing this discharge; you'll find our post on nipple discharge helpful. My guess might be a very small and probably benign growth causing just enough irritation to produce a slight amount of discharge and the pain you describe, but I'm not a doctor; if I were you, I'd get a referral to a breast specialist, and find out once and for all what's causing this. Good luck - PJH
Becky, I hope your new doctor is able to offer you more help than your old one. Nipple discharge is usually hormonal but, as you say, you haven't been having your period in years, so... Please read our post on nipple discharge for lots of good information. While clear/milky/greenish discharge usually isn't anything serious (though it's bothersome, for sure), anything dark should be checked by a doctor, as it could possibly signal a rare form of breast cancer - though again, this is unlikely. Still, you'll want to rule it out. Best of luck to you - I hope you find some solutions soon. PJH
Becky, it's clear you haven't much faith in your doctors there. And I wonder how a doctor can look at a solid mass, and say "No sign of cancer" – without doing a biopsy. That would worry me. As for the lymph node, it could very well be simply an infected lymph node; so I wouldn't worry too much until you hear "the details" from your doctor. Checking the fluid from your breast really wouldn't reveal anything about cancer; but if you continue to have a dark discharge, then yes, I'd continue to pursue it.
I wonder if you might not be able to get a referral to a breast specialist? I'm not sure how far from Elko you'd have to travel, but I do believe you should get some resolution around these various symptoms. I'd suggest a Comprehenaive Cancer Center as a place you might get some help; I'm not sure how far this is from you, but it looks like the closest one:
Huntsman Cancer Institute University of Utah 2000 Circle of Hope Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-5550 Tel: (801) 585-0303 Fax: (801) 585-0900
We're not doctors here, so I really can't offer you more help other than to point you in the direction of other resources. I'm sorry you're having to go through this - and I hope you get some help soon, from your local doctor or a breast specialist. Take care - PJH
dear Robin what did the doctor tell you? cause im having same kind of dischard.
Hi - Please read our post on nipple discharge. This should give you some guidance on what might be going on. We're not doctors here, and can't diagnose; only offer advice. If this discharge continues for more than a few days, it would be best to see a doctor. Good luck - PJH
Stepaheda- I felt my heart drop to my tummy. I am 25 years old and about 6 years ago I was referred to a breast cancer center got an ultrasound they found masses in my breast and told me to come back in 6 months.. never did and ever since than my breasts continue to hurt and I have continued to get a stinky solid white/grayish discharge from both breasts. I finally had an appointment with my OB and that same day I got a dark brown liquid come out of my left nipple I told her and she said "we don't have mammogram for your age" and was totally like whatever about my problems. She did a exam with her hand very horribly. I told her how I had an ultrasound about 6 years ago and what happened and she said she couldnt do anything for me but referr me to get an ultrasound. I am so worried. I don't know where to turn I have medi-cal and I can't turn to any doctor.
Nicky, the white discharge and lumpy breasts, since it's happening on both sides and is a long-term issue, is probably fibrocystic change, a bothersome but certainly not deadly condition. The dark discharge should definitely be checked out, though, since it's a new symptom, and happening on only one side. Especially if it oozed out on its own, without you squeezing it, it could potentially be serious. It's most likely you have a small infection of some kind, especially given your age; but a dark discharge can also signal cancer, in rare cases. I'm not sure how Medi-Cal works, but see if you can get a referral to a breast specialist (or go back to the breast cancer center) to get this checked out, OK? Good luck - PJH
The doctor is right that a mammogram would probably not be helpful in a person your age because mammograms don't work very well on young women whose breasts are usually still dense. Although this doctor doesn't sound like she was very good at explaining things, you should take her up on her offer to refer you for an ultrasound. She might have been trying to say that she couldn't tell anything more without an ultrasound. The ultrasound will be read by a radiologist who will get you to the right doctor if anything suspicious shows up.
I'm sure being on Medi-Cal may limit your choices about who you see, but if you really feel that this doctor is not the right person for you, there must be some other choices. Even if you were assigned this doctor without any choice on your part, there will be social workers or administrators you could talk to about getting a new doctor. Why don't you stick with her until the ultrasound comes back, and then decide what to do next to find a doctor who might be a better fit for you?
I have a pit bull and he has stompted on my breast at least one time that I can remember it really hurt. I squeezed my nipple one evening and a brownish discharge came out, like a pin prick. I went to the doctor, she squeezed my nipple soooo hard I thought I would go through the ceiling. she sent it out to test for cancer, it came back negative. Then I went for a ultra sound and another mammagram. They were negative. It has never leaked again, only that once. She wants me to have some test where they penetrate the nipple with some stem. I don't feel I want to subject myslf to all this when I', not having any symptoms. I wear a 44D bra. My breast are always hanging.
I can completly understand your not wanting to go through all those test. It does seem like a wait of time, however we have to think about the big pictures. It took my many dr's from Nov.2007 to June 2008 to find my breast cancer. And believe me they were running test on me the whole time. But still telling me not to worry, one dr. went so far as to say I can asure you 99.9% you do not have cancer. But three weeks later new test result came back with positive breast cancer in the right breast.
So at this point you will be the only one who can deceide if you want to take this a bit more. The problem with me was some months the brownish fluid would come from the breast and then it would stop. So the dr's were thinking that it was just hormonal due to priemenapauseal. They kept say Oh, women you age at the time (48) always have this problem, don't worry. My Dr. has said on many times since then that he is so sorry that he every said that before the new test came back. He was making this deceision on the test results from my GYN, who's office had at one time loose the test results. It was a nightmare.
So as my dr has said many time since then, it is important to stay on top of your own Health Care, he said we are doctors but as you can see we also make mistakes.
Pretty good for a doctor.
The most important thing is that at this point all is well, still healing from the last surgery to complete breast reconstruction 3 weeks out at this time.
Any way please let us know how things are going from time to time.
Take care, I hope this has been of some help to you.
I am only 25 and I have 3 children. I quit breast feeding my youngest about 4 months ago. About 1 month ago I notices a kind of thick brown discharge from my right breast only. I still have quite a bit of milk that will come out also. It only appears if I squeeze my nipple, but it does scare me quite a bit. I don't have any pain and I haven't noticed any lumps. I have difinetly had my youngest when throwing a fit throw his head back in to my breasts many times. Just wndering your thoughts.
Hi this is stepaheda,
I do remember having milk in my breast for a very long time after stopping breast feeding, but that way a long time ago. However, I don't remember any of the fluid having a brownish color to it. I would say just to be sure that all is ok, make an appointment and have you dr check it out. You can never be too careful, and without having a dr check it and and if need be run some test, you and I both would be just guessing. And believe me we do not want to do that, life is just too special to play with. Ok, so let us know what you find out, I'm sure you will be fine, but please look into it just to be safe, OK.
Nice speaking with you take care, and hope to hear from you again.
I went to the Dr and the discharge tested positive for blood so I have an appointment to get an ultra sound of my breast.
i have read all the things you say and i think your so awesome i hope you will have something to help metoo i have commented on my situation a minute a go but i keep reading lol and i need to head out to the doctors so i was hoping i would see something to help me more
Stepaheda, I have a few questions, some of your comments are confusing to me.Why is it that if your doctors took from Nov 2007 until June 2008 to find your cancer ...you just had surgery two weeks ago, a whole year from when they first found your cancer? Why would any doctor wait a whole year to do surgery on a breast cancer victim? How do you know you are cancer free so soon after surgery?In your first post, you stated you just had a mastectomy two and a half weeks ago and in your last post, you said you just had breast reconstruction surgery. Did you have them both at the same time or something?Just an FYI, when a doctors office loses your test exams, all you have to do is call the lab that handled the test. Usually, they will refax them right away.
Cynthia, since it's been a couple of years since Stepaheda pposted the piece you're reading, you may want to click on her name and send her a direct message - she may not be following this thread anymore. Take care- PJH
Yes PJ was correct I'm not always following the site as much as I did before. I'm sorry that my comments were a bit confusing for you or any who might be reading them now two years later.
However, I will try to clear a few things up for you. Lets just say that there were lots and lots of mistakes and Assumptions made without all of the facts. Because I was not a text-book case they felt that their assumptions were correct. There were 2 sets of tests results given that were not correct due to dirty lens giving false reading. (1 problem) There was also the fact that they felt that because I was at "that age" (as they called it) that the brown/bloody discharge was due to pre-menopausal and this was normal. (2 problem) I even had the ongologist himself assure me more than once, that he was 99.9% sure I did not have CANCER. And that he had been a doctor for 30+ years. (3 problem)
However, because of my husband now(boy-friend then), and my daughter who at the time was working with Cancer research. They kept insisting that we have more than one doctor's office run the test, and more that one LAB. So as my doctor now say, "only because you are a pain in the butt (meaning did not give up) were we able to find your cancer in time". Needless to say, this was the reason for that phone call at 3pm on June 16, 2008. Dr X himself called to say "I'm sorry, sorry, sorry I made a very bad mistake, you do have Cancer, can you have someone bring you to my office this evening at 5pm"?. Surgerie was schedule for July 17, 2008. And Yes they did do the double Mastectomy, and the beganning of Reconstruction all in the same surgery. However, they do inform you that the completion of the reconstruction can take 18 to 24 months. The completion of my reconstruction was just a little over 18 months. Thank you for your intrest and concern regarding my case. I can assure you that all is well now, just saw my Ongologist for my 6 month check-up blood work came back good. As far as been Cancer free, with what I went through for them to confirm that I even had cancer, I will always break out in a cold sweat each time I have to have lab work. But again my doctor say this is normal with your past experience. So what I've learned is to live in the moment, and to be happy for each day.
I hope that this has helped you to have a better understanding that not all cases are the same, neither is each patient treated the same. And I had family and friends working right in the middle of medical. Life is not always black and white, there are many hues with each case.
Hey Stepaheda if you are still out there on the amazing NET I just want to give you a BIG vrirtual HUG cause I am sure with your story you have helped and most probably saved a few lives. I love ya and You are in my prayers, God Bless, CC
Cheryl, thanks for dropping by here - I'm glad Stepaheda's words and experience have helped you - she's something, eh? Be well - PJH
Hi. Im 34 and have had discomfort burning and light pain in my left breast for almost a year. Ive had a mamogram and ultrasound and they say I just have fibrosistic breasts. It s only in the left breast though and tonight I squeezed my left nipple and bown discharge came out. What scares me is its only the left breast the discomfort is gradually getting worse and now this. Im afraid I have cancer. :( What else could it be?? Im very worried.
Kristy Marie, you need to report this new symptom. Generally speaking doctors are most concerned about spontaneous discharge (discharge that happens without squeezing). However, since this is a change for you, your doctor needs this new information. As to why you might have pain in just one breast, it could be that you have a cyst on one side. It sounds like the ultrasound you had last year may have found a cyst. Ultrasounds are great at distinguishing a harmless, fluid-filled cyst from a solid lump that might be cancer. Once you have a problem like this, it is my opinion that you need to have an annual physical that includes a breast exam so that the doctor can follow the cyst/pain, etc. to make sure that there are no dangerous changes. Pain that starts in the muscles under the breast can also be on just one side because you can overuse one side of the body or pull a muscle. Let us know what the doctor says about the discharge and increasing pain.
Hi Phyllis. I went to see my gynocologist and he took a sample of the discharge and is sending me for an ultrasound of my left breast. Today the results came back from the discharge and he said it appears benign and that the discharge is probably coming from nodulars that grow inside there some where and get infected? Didnt really grasp the whole thing being that he told me by phone. After the ultrasound Im to go back in. Thanks so much for your answer! Im feeling a little more relieved.
It sounds like you might have a wart-like growth in your milk duct called an intraductal papilloma. Since he used the term nodule, it may be that he found another similar type of benign growth. These can get irritated or infected and bleed, causing the brown discharge. I'm glad your doctor took your discharge seriously and tested it, and I'm even more pleased that the results were benign. The ultrasound will give more information to make sure that everything is OK.
I am also getting a brown discharge from my breast. it started out clear and has been going on since 2007. it just now about two months ago turned brown and just gets darker. I have been in a battle with my regular ob/gyn doctor who refuses to see me and treat me anymore, saying there is nothing that can be done for my non existant periods and not being able to conceive again. ( I have been trying since 2005 and i havent had a normal period since the birth of my now almost 5 yr old daughter). I am not pregnant and know the discharge isnt due to that. I have research and read it could be papilloma or a non cancerous tumor. But It could also be cancer. you never know and it sucks not having a doctor that cares enough to see u. even now that he knows that the fluid is brown. Go see a doctor, and push for tests.
You need to find a new doctor. Your abnormal periods could be due to a hormonal imbalance. I had a close friend who had a similar situation and it turned out to be a thyroid imbalance and once that was taken care of she conceived within about 4 months. Definetly check it out.
hi my name is taylor and i am 13 i have seen this sight and r reading it because i have started seeing that i have the brown discharge from both nipples and it is scaering me im going to see a dr right away
thanks for the notes guys really helped
Taylor, at age 13, and coming from both breasts, this discharge is almost certainly hormonal - related to puberty - and nothing to do with cancer. I'm glad you're mature enough to be concerned about breast health, and to do something about it - good practice for the future. In the meantime, please read our message to teens for more information about breast cancer and teenagers. Take care- PJH
Completely agree, discharge can be normal or abnormal but get it checked out so you will know for sure!!
I get a brownish discharge from my left nipple, but only if I squeeze my breast and its only a tiny drop. Could this be an early symptom of breast cancer or something else? As far as I know, there are family members on my fathers side that has breast cancer. - Thanks
Hi - Please read our post on nipple discharge; you'll see a link to it just above your question. If you don't get any discharge when you don't squeeze, then stop squeezing; you may have a small irritation that's not healing because you keep irritating it more by squeezing it. While nipple discharge can (rarely) be a sign of cancer, most often it's a hormonal issue of some sort, one that usually disappears on its own. So - if you stop squeezing your nipple and don't see any discharge, it's probably nothing to worry about. But - since we're not doctors here, to be absolutely sure, call your doctor and describe your symptoms, OK? Good luck - PJH
hi iam experiencing a brownish reddish discharge from my right breast. i visited a doctor and he said it is normal. iam not satified so iam going to check a next doc. iam worry like hell. please help me.
I understand and can feel where you are coming from. It can be very concerning, and you are doing the right thing by making sure you see another doctor. Many times it may be normal, however they kelpt telling me that it was normal for about 7mos, even my daughter who at the time was working with cancer research. So you see they mean well by telling you this because they do not want you worry for no reason. However, just know and understand that it is better to be safe than sorry. So go and make sure they do more test, what the finaly had to do for me to find my cancer was a MRI, but I had to fight them to get them to give that test.
Well, take a deep relaxing breath, and just see another doctor that you feel comfortable with and get the testing done, you will feel better once you know one way or another. OK
Please keep us up to date with what is going on ok,
hi,I am a little worried with these articles. I do not have brownish discharge it is cream almost white discharge. Couldyou let me know if that is normal or what I should think. I have made an appointment with my doctor so I will see but hearing any advice from any of you ladies would be nice.
Thank you so much,Jil
I had the same issue 10 years ago in my left breast. It turned out to be impacted milk duct glands and I had a left ductectomy. Now the same thing is happening to my right breast: brown discharge upon expression, that is, I have to pinch the nipple, the discharge does not freely come out. I have a history of fibrocystic breast disease. No Pain. From what I remember the last go-round, this is a common finding in fibrocystic breast disease.
Hi - Please read our post on nipple discharge. I think you should see a doctor about this, just to make sure it's not cancer; a breast change like this should always be checked out, even if you're quite sure what it is, OK? Good luck to you - PJH
I have been reading these posts and I am getting angrier by the second. NOBODY has the right to say that any lump or discharge is NOT cancer unless you have had a biopsy!!!! They cannot see through your breast and no matter what they "THINK", without a biopsy, no one can be sure. I had a lump 3 yrs ago that a PC and a radiologist were both "convinced" was nothing but an apocrine metaplasia and was nothing to worry about. I also had a dark brown discharge from my left nipple. I did some research and found that it could be possible they were right. Now 3 yrs later and I am in stage 3c invasive breast cancer and planning my double mastectomy and hoping and praying that I survive....the chances that I survive at the 5 yr mark are only slightly more than 40% thanks to the arrogant radiologist who refused to recommend a biopsy. If you have a gut feeling that something is wrong, PLEASE demand a biopsy. We know our bodies better than anyone and we owe it to ourselves to find a doctor who will listen. There are places to turn to if you have no insurance, call the Dana Farber Cancer Center or the Norris Cotton Cancer Center or American Breast Cancer Association etc. They have Nurse Navigators who know all the organizations who can help.
You're right, Diane - the only sure way to rule out cancer is with a biopsy. A lump in the breast that can't be definitely diagnosed as a cyst via mammogram or ultrasound needs to be biopsied - not "watched" or assumed to be something harmless. I wish you all the best as you go through treatment; I had my treatment at Norris Cotton, and they're wonderful. PJH
I have the same thing. The first time I noticed it, I had a sharp pain behind that nipple and I just felt like I had to squeeze it. When I saw the brown discharge coming out (like you said - a drop) I called my family doctor and she saw me right away. She sent me for tests, and they tested my discharge to see if it was blood. There was no sign of blood. The specialist who saw me said that you shouldn't worry about nipple discharge UNLESS it comes out on it's own...if you would wake up and your pj top is wet or you see it inside your bra, etc., or if it's bright red blood. I have had two mamograms since and no sign of breast cancer or even a mamory gland infection or anything to show for the discharge. I dont try to squeeze my nipple to get anything out of it, but periodically, I'll check to see if I still have it (I do!), OR, I'll get small tiny sharp pains behind the nipple or around it, and once I get out a few drops, that goes away. BUT, always discuss your symptoms with your doctor, and don't play a guessing game.
Melissa, thanks for your good advice here. Most nipple discharge is due to hormonal issues. And, usually, it's harmless; especially if it only happens when you squeeze your nipples, or if it's any color other than brown or red. However, any nipple discharge that lasts longer than a month should be checked by your doctor - which is exactly what you did, so kudos to you for being responsible about your health. Take care- PJH
Gabbie, if the discharge has happened since you had the biopsy, it might be from bleeding inside your breast related to the biopsy. Often a brown discharge has blood in it caused by surgery, a bruise, or a benign wart-like growth inside the milk duct.
It is great that your biopsy came back showing that the lump was benign, so I don't think you need to worry about the discharge being a breast cancer symptom in your case. It sounds like you need more explanation from the doctor about what he thinks is causing the discharge. Sometimes doctors think we are not interested in or cannot understand complicated answers. They think that telling us, "It's just fine," will stop our worrying.
When you go for your next appointment, tell the nurse that you want to talk to the doctor about the discharge, so you can understand what might be causing it. Then he can come into the exam room prepared to spend some time with you discussing the issue. You might also want to take someone with you to help you ask follow-up questions if you feel "brushed off" by the response. Keep in mind that the doctor may not know what is causing the discharge. Sometimes there is no apparent cause for discharge and it goes away on its own.
The important thing is that you took the action to have a biopsy to find out what was going on and now you know that the lump is not cancer. It sounds like your doctor is being proactive in treating it. I hope you have a productive conversation with him.
I've been having clear discharge since my first pregnancy 8 years ago. It's always during my cycle i can squeeze my nipple and get a clear discharge. I was always told this is normal so I never worried about it. My cycle ended on the 21st of last month but my breast are still very sore and tender. The soreness has always stopped prior to the last day of my cycles. I've feeling fatigued and bloated as well. It feels as if I'm gong to come right back on my cycle again yet I haven't. My next cycle should start around the 17th of this month. I did have my IUD removed before my last cycle. I was thinking maybe it threw my hormones off but this morning i noticed some blood within the clear disharge when I squeezed it. Until now I didn't know that squeezing the nipple makes it worse. Now i know. :/ I don't have insurance but I do have medicaid with planned parenthood. I setup a appt. for next tuesday. Cancer doesn't run in my mom side of the family but colon cancer runs in my dad side. Either way you never know. Very nerve racking! Glad I came across this post. Picked up a few tips.
It sounds like you might be pregnant - is that possible? What you describe doesn't sound like any kind of typical breast cancer symptom; it does sound hormonal, as you suggest.Also, colon cancer on your dad's side of the family doesn't increase your risk of breast cancer, so don't worry about that, OK?
I'm glad you'll be seeing someone about this next week, to find out what's up. In the meantime, our post on nipple discharge may help you develop some questions to ask at your appointment. Good luck - PJH
I found a small lump in my left breast. Turned out its a small cyst. In researching the lump they found larger mass in both breasts. I had a bipsy done and luckily it's just fibrocystic(sp). Boy, what a journey. lol I'm just glad all is well.
So glad you followed the diagnostic process all the way to the end; that's the only good path to peace of mind. Glad the outcome was positive - PJH
I'm 12 years and I am having brown liquid coming from near the center of my nipple.
I am very worried that I have breast cancer as I am at such a young age in my life.
The brown stuff only comes out if i sqweeze but I sqweeze a small lump under my nipple for the liquid to come out, I do not get any pain from it but i feel alot of discomfort from it as I keep on worrying.
I have read some of the comments point on here and now I am getting the feeling that I might have cancer.
I would really appreciate it if someone could give me advice or a website to look on about this type of thing.
Laura, nipple discharge is unusual in one so young; but since it only happens when you squeeze it, it's not as concerning as it would be if it happened on its own. Your chance of having breast cancer, at your age, is far less than 1 in a million, so please try not to stress over cancer, OK? Our message to teens about breast cancer will make you feel better.
That said, you might have an infection; or a small growth (something like a wart) inside your nipple, so it would be best to tell an adult about it (a parent, or your school nurse, perhaps), and see a doctor. In the meantime, try not to squeeze it; it's tempting, I know, but you're just irritating whatever it is further. Good luck - PJH
Thank you PJH.
I have told my mum about it and she said that she will set up a doctors appointment soon enough.
I just get paranoid about these sort of things as my nan had breast cancer and it spread everywhere so sadly she didn't make it.
I know that having this sort of thing when you are my age is not normal, but I have been a little bit reassured that I most probably don't have cancer by an earlier comment saying that a doctor said to someone with the same sort of thing happening to them than it is to me, that brown is not a warning colour, but then I would like to be sure.
I had discovered this before getting in the shower and I saw a brown liquid dripping from my nipple.
I am still very scared about this as I tend to think of the worse case scenario all the time.
But thank you for the kind advice and I will definitely take that into mind.
Laura, having brown liquid dripping from your nipple is a symptom that needs to be checked out by a doctor, especially if it is happening even when you don't squeeze. However, it is not likely to be breast cancer partly because of your age and partly because discharge is more likely to be caused by other problems. So try not to worry about cancer. It's sad that you lost your nan to breast cancer. If she was younger than 40 when she got cancer, it may be that your cancer risk will be higher than the average woman's risk when you are an adult. Breast cancer in older women doesn't significantly raise the risk for their daughters and grandaughters.
It's good that you are noticing changes in your breasts and letting your mother know about what is happening. Our Teen Guide to Normal Breast Development will help you know what to watch for and what changes are normal so that you can worry less.
It is only happening when I sqweeze my breast, other than that nothing comes out of it.
My nan had got breast cancer at about 50 and she recovered but then got it again in her 60's and lost her battle in 2007.
My mum is going to sort out a appointment at the doctors if it doesnt stop.
She said that she doesn't know if it can be classed as normal for a girl of my age.
I had dry skin on my nipple and some had seemed to have pealed off and thats when it started, so I'm not sure whether there might just be a split in the skin and it might just be happening as there is no other skin to protect it as it is not coming out from the center of my nipple?
I'm 12 years
Laura, if you have a question, we will try to answer it.
Kaylie, please read our Teen Guide to Normal Breast Development. If your breast starts dripping even when you don't squeeze, let an adult know so that you can have a doctor check you out, but you should not worry about discharge that happens when you squeeze. As your body gets ready to start your period, you will see many changes.
Kaylie, kudos to you for being proactive about breast health, and for reaching out for help. Thankfully, the chance of you having breast cancer at age 14 is less than 1 in a million; our message to teens about breast cancer will elaborate on that.
Nipple discharge that's NOT spontaneous (i.e., you have to squeeze your nipple for it to happen) usually isn't anything to worry about. However, since it's just in your left breast; and is brownish in color (which might indicate blood), it sounds like you might have an infection of some kind. I'd suggest talking to your mom, your school nurse, or another adult you feel comfortable going to, and making a doctor's appointment if necessary. You don't want whatever's causing this to get any worse; and only a doctor can diagnose and treat an issue like this.
So talk to an adult, OK? Take care - I hope you get this cleared up soon. PJH
Kaylie, after reading PJ's reply, I realize she is right. I wasn't thinking enough about the fact that you mentioned that the problem is only on one side. Tell your mom or other adult you can trust and have a doctor check this out. It will probably not be a serious problem, but we can't know that for sure over the Internet, so I would feel better knowing that a doctor had checked to be sure.
I to have had discharge in both nipples but whats wierd is that its marbled color. Left side has white and green. Right nipple has white and yellow. What could this mean?
This sounds like a hormonal issue. And since your hormone levels (and the hormones involved) can change over the course of time, it's not unusual that one breast is acting differently than the other. Our post on nipple discharge should tell you a lot more about what you're experiencing. Thankfully, discharge such as you describe isn't a typical breast cancer symptom. Take care- PJH