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Wednesday, January 09, 2013 Sarah, Community Member, asks

Q: does the brown liquid coming out from my left not right breast mean i have cancer?I am not feeling any pains and have no noticeable or big nor medium lumps

Hello my name is Sarah i am a 14 year old student and i have been going threw some things. i found some brown stains on my left bra cup. i searched this and i am to begin to worry i have cancer i am very scared to i need an answer please help me. my left breast is letting out brown liquid i squeezed it a little and a dot of brown liquid came out i started to cry and made sure one more time and even more came out like the amount of blood that comes out of a paper cut no to much and not to little so i cried even more and i am so very scared and i am really nervous to tell my parents and i am really scared to find out if i do have cancer i had nobody to talk to i really need help please if you read this please answer i need an answer i literally have nobody to get answers from btw i have no pains in my breast this little bump its barely a lump and i really need answers please please help me. (it is coming out of the left nipple)

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
1/ 9/13 7:32pm

  It is not unusual to have some discharge from the nipples at times when the body is going through hormonal changes like during puberty.  When it is just on one side and/or when it happens even when you don't squeeze, it is a good idea to have a doctor check it out.  It is extremely unlikely (almost impossible) that you would have breast cancer at your age, but you might have an infection or irritation inside your milk ducts that needs a doctor's attention.  Sarah, I know it is embarrassing to talk to your parents about your breasts; however, you need to let your mom or another adult you trust like a school nurse know what is going on, so that the adult can make the decision about whether you need to see a doctor.

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Sarah, Community Member
1/ 9/13 7:57pm

thank you very much for answering i am so much more releaved and thank you about the advice i will try to tell my mom about this and ask her to take me to a doctor thank you very much you have no idea how releaved i am now 

and my period just finnished 2 days a go so yes thank you very very much!!

Smile 

 

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
1/ 9/13 8:23pm

Sarah, I'm so glad Phyllis was able to help you feel better. Please read our message to teens, which goes over exactly why we can say with almost 100% certainty that cancer isn't causing these symptoms; I think you'll find the piece helpful. Take care - PJH

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Sarah, Community Member
1/10/13 10:25pm

thank you for answering my question but what are some things that might have caused this brwon liquid and what may it be if it isnt cancerous

and lastly how can i get rid of it?

oh ya and i want on the links and i am soooo much more releaved now thank you very very much

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
1/11/13 4:13pm

Sarah, most likely it'll go away on its own; there's nothing you can do to help the healing along, in my opinion. It could be you had a small, benign growth in one of your milk ducts that was causing some irritation, or maybe you inadvertently bumped your breast and caused a small injury. At any rate, if it doesn't stsrt to improve soon, please do tell an adult and make an appointment to see the doctor; there may be something that can be done to stop the discharge. Take care - PJH 

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By Sarah, Community Member— Last Modified: 01/11/13, First Published: 01/09/13