I Recently Had A Blocked Gland On My Right Nipple. What Would Cause This? I'm Worried About Cancer.

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I Recently Had A Blocked Gland On My Right Nipple. What Would Cause This? I'm Worried About Cancer.

My nipple had a blocked Montgomery gland for about a week, and then it burst. Now my nipple looks normal again. My doctor examined my breasts 3 weeks ago (before the blocked gland), and everything was fine. What would cause this? And are there tests aside from mammogram and ultrasound for this sort of thing? I've heard of mistakes in diagnosis being made.

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Montgomery glands are the small, oil-producing glands on the areola that keep your nipple soft and supple. Sometimes they become blocked and produce a pimple - much like you'd get a pimple on your nose or forehead. Once this pimple bursts and the pus is drained, there's usually not a problem - unless the open area becomes infected. It sounds to me like this has resolved itself for you without a problem.

I don't think this problem needs a doctor's attention unless it happens again in the same spot, which might point to some underlying infection. If you haven't done so already, some antiseptic to keep the area clean would be a good idea. If it doesn't heal quickly, check with the doctor.

Ultrasound and mammogram, along with MRI, are diagnostic tests used to spot breast cancer, chiefly through the identification of suspicious masses and lumps that can then be biopsied, if necessary. And nearly all breast cancers begin with a suspicious mass. Paget's disease of the breast can begin with nipple itchiness and scaliness - but not with a blocked gland. A blocked gland is just that: a gland that became obstructed with excess oil, created a small infection, and then cleared up. It's not a sign of any underlying issue (unless, as noted above, it happens repeatedly). So please don't continue to worry about this; it's not a typical breast cancer symptom.