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Monday, July 07, 2008 med, Community Member, asks

Q: my nipple is hard and painful is that a sign of breast cancer no discharge

nipple is very painfully have a mamagram on 7/3/08

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
7/ 8/08 7:05am

Hi - Did your nipple start hurting after your mammogram? If after, it could be that the pressure of the mammogram ruptured a blood vessel in that very sensitive area, and you're feeling the pain and pressure. If it started hurting before, then it could be any number of things... though probably not cancer. Since it's obviously painful and bothering you, I'd give the doctor a call, see what's up and how you can get some relief. Good luck - PJH

kiki, Community Member
5/ 7/10 8:30pm

what are some of the possiblities?  i have no money and no insurance and not sure what to do.  I too have a very hard nipple in the breast that has been identified with two small cists that have not grown or done anythings since discovered. any direction would be helpful



PJ Hamel, Health Guide
5/ 7/10 10:14pm

Hi - This doesn't sound like a typical breast cancer symptom, but if it's new, it qualifies as a breast change, and should be looked at if it lasts longer than a month. I'd suggest you see if you can get a free mammogram - please read our guide to mammograms for underserved women for more information. Good luck - PJH

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By med, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/03/12, First Published: 07/07/08