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Q: Clear, & somewhat sticky to the touch discharge from nipples (when squeezed)

I'm 41 years old.  Never pregnant.  Concern is when I squeeze my nipple area, I get a clear, somewhat sticky discharge during certain times of the month. I do not constantly get the discharge all month long & I MUST squeeze the nipple/breast to get the discharge as well, it's NOT spontaneous.  It's worse in the left breast than the right and the discharge will pop out of several tiny openings on the nipple area.  It is clear.  It does feel a little sticky to the touch to me.  I've not had this type of discharge all my adult years, seems like it's been more often and frequent within the last 3 or 4 years perhaps.  I have no pain, & no change in my breasts...just the clear, somewhat sticky liquid discharge ONLY when I squeeze the nipple area.  I was wondering if this is probably normal or if it's a sign of something more serious or something I should have the Dr. check into.  My mother had breast cancer when she was 38 years old.  She's now 63.  I always worry that anything wrong might be CANCER!  If anyone has any imformation or has experienced the same--please reply.  Thanks   

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
5/25/09 7:58pm

PJ Hamel has written a very helpful article on nipple discharge that you will want to read, but your description doesn't sound like a cancer symptom.  To answer your question about whether you need to check with a doctor: yes, you need to be sure to get an annual breast exam and a mammogram now that you are in your forties and older than your mother at the time of her breast cancer diagnosis.  If you've had a breast exam and mammogram within the last year, you don't need to make a special appointment about the discharge unless it becomes spontaneous.  It's best not to squeeze your nipples to see if the discharge is there.

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By ddm967, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/18/14, First Published: 05/25/09