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Wednesday, April 14, 2010 catherine, Community Member, asks

Q: my left nipple sometimes goes inverted im breastfeeding my fourth child is it cancer

i have breastfed all my children until they were over a year old i have no lumps in my breasts but could this sudden inversion of one nipple be an indication cancer im 44 years old it has not happened previously and does not affect breastfeeding

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
4/14/10 7:51pm

Catherine,

As far as I know, when an inverted nipple is a cancer symptom, it stays inverted because a lump or generalized swelling is distorting the usual shape of the breast.  So I doubt that this temporary inversion would be cancer related.  However, you have a lot of experience breast feeding, and you have never experienced this situation before.  So I would recommend you let your doctor know about this breast change just in case there is some other underlying problem that needs attention.

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By catherine, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/26/10, First Published: 04/14/10