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Wednesday, January 18, 2012 cordonelisa, Community Member, asks

Q: I have a greyish black discharge coming from my nipples

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
1/18/12 11:57am

Often discharge from both nipples is related to hormonal changes.  If this discharge has lasted longer than a month, you need to see a doctor.  If it is a minimal discharge that happens in both breasts only when you squeeze your breasts, it may be within the range for normal nipple discharge.  The main issue is whether this is a change from normal for you.  Any breast changes that last longer than a menstrual cycle need to be checked out by a doctor.  Of course, for post-menopausal women, it is important to see a doctor sooner because breast changes are less likely to be hormonal in nature.  When discharge is on only one side and occurs even without squeezing, I would suggest seeing a doctor sooner rather than later.  Discharge is not always cancer, but it can be one warning symptom of breast cancer.

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By cordonelisa, Community Member— Last Modified: 01/18/12, First Published: 01/18/12