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Wednesday, May 20, 2009 Unsure, Community Member, asks

Q: I woke up yesterday morning with a red spot directly under my left nipple.

The spot was about the size of a quarter. I have had a pus-like discharge for several years and within the past couple of months occasional small amounts of blood.  The red spot seemed to get larger throughout the day yesterday, but this morning seems to be fading....no itch, no pain.  Should I still have it checked out by my doctor?

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
5/20/09 1:30pm

Hi - Since you've been dealing with this for several years, it's probably not a breast cancer issue. However, it's still something you should get checked out. Have you mentioned it to your doctor in the past, and has he/she diagnosed what might be going on? Certainly if it gets worse — more constant, larger, painful, seeming more infected — see a doctor sooner ratehr than later. Otherwise, please discuss this with your doctor sometime. It could be a long-standing infeciton that could be cured with antibiotics. Good luck - PJH

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Debbie Espinoza, Community Member
5/20/09 4:42pm

Sorry Mrs./Ms./Miss. but you are wrong.  I to was spotting from my nipple area with blood.  I didn't do anything for about 2 years.  Then the blood spots got bigger so i went to the Dr. and I had some tests done and it was cancer.  I had both my breast removed.

 

Debbie

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Debbie Espinoza, Community Member
5/20/09 4:40pm

The last answer that was givien to you was wrong.  I to was spotting from my nipple area with blood.  I didn't do anything for about 2 years.  Then the blood spots got bigger so i went to the Dr. and I had some tests done and it was cancer.  I had both my breast removed, anything to due with the breast go right away to the Dr. I wish you luck and God Bless.

 

Debbie

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
5/20/09 9:28pm

Debbie, you'll notice that when PJ and I write answers to people who write in, we frequently use words like "probably" and "maybe" because there are so many variables in each breast cancer case.  PJ is correct when she says that a problem that has existed for two years without getting worse is probably not breast cancer.  Usually within two years breast cancer symptoms would get worse.  As your own experience shows, nipple discharge can be a cancer symptom that goes on for a long time.  That's why we always advise people to check with their doctor about any breast changes that last longer than a menstrual period.  Your suggestion to people to see their doctors quickly is wise advice.

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By Unsure, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/24/10, First Published: 05/20/09