Inverted Nipple: Scar Tissue From Mastitis Or Breast Cancer?

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Asked by Liz

Inverted Nipple: Scar Tissue From Mastitis Or Breast Cancer?

This past summer I noticed an inverted nipple on my left breast. I have had a mammogram and ultrasound which both seemed fine. While earlier this year the nipple seemed to be intermittenly inverted, it now seems to be a constant thing. I have made a follow-up appointment. Could this be scar tissue from mastitis? Or could it still be a symptom of breast cancer?

Answer

Hi Liz - I'm glad you've had both a mammogram and ultrasound; kudos to you for being proactive here. An inverted nipple can indeed be a symptom of breast cancer, so I think your best bet would be to go back and ask for a referral to a breast specialist. You want to find out exactly what's causing this, since it seems to be progressing, not getting better. It might be from the mastitis, as you said; or some other cause. But I think you'll sleep better if you know exactly what's causing it. Good luck - PJH

Answered by PJ Hamel