Nipple discharge is any fluid or other liquid that comes out of your nipple. Nipple oozing can be a clear liquid, milky discharge or bloody discharge. This liquid can either seep out on its own or you might have to squeeze the nipple to make the fluid come out. Ranging from yellow to greenish to brown, it may have a variety of colors, but all colors indicate that the lesion has begun. Only the bloody and clear discharge should be taken seriously as it can be due to duct papillom or cancer.
Nipple discharge is usually not considered serious, but it can be a sign of breast cancer. So it’s worth seeking help from your doctor. For quality treatment and improved overall health outcomes, most people come to HMS Mirdif Cancer Center in Dubai and rely on a highly skilled team of doctors who provide suitable nipple discharge treatment.
Types and Symptoms
Nipple discharge comes in many different colors. The color can give you some clues about the cause.
If the color of the discharge is white, cloudy, yellow, or filled with pus, then it means there’s an infection in the breast or in the nipple. If the discharge is green in color, then cysts might be there. If it is brown or cheese then there are possibilities of mammary duct ectasia. If the discharge is clear in color, it is breast cancer especially if it’s coming only through one breast. And if it is bloody, it can be papillom or breast cancer.
Discharge can also come in a few different textures. For example, it may be thick, thin, or sticky.
Causes Behind Nipple Discharge
It’s a known fact that when you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, small amounts of milk might ooze of your breasts. But, women who aren’t pregnant or breastfeeding may have the discharge as well. Other causes of nipple discharge include:
- Birth control pills/breast infection or abscess
- Drugs that increase levels of the milk-producing hormone prolactin
- Duct papilloma / fibrocystic breasts
- Hormone changes during period or menopause
- Breast cancer
Nipple Discharge And Breast Cancer
Nipple discharge can be a symptom of breast cancer, especially ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), an early form of breast cancer that starts in the milk ducts. It can also happen with Paget disease of the breast, a rare form of breast cancer that is associated with the nipple.
The discharge will probably come out only from one breast if you do have breast cancer. It might also be possible that you lump your breast too. It is always recommended to undergo screening to detect cancer before symptoms appear. Consult your doctor before you go for breast cancer screening.
Treating The Nipple Discharge
Nipple discharge is usually nothing to worry about. Still, because it can be a sign of breast cancer! Any time a woman experiences a nipple discharge that she is concerned about, she should see her doctor.
Discharge is rarely due to cancer, however, only about 3 to 9 percent of people who see a doctor for this symptom turn out to have breast cancer. If it’s a new symptom for you, it’s a good idea to get the breast discharge checked out.
For the nipple discharge treatment in Dubai, the doctor will conduct a clinical exam, thereafter he will check your breasts for lumps or other signs of breast cancer. He might recommend you to undergo one or more of these tests:
- BIOPSY – In breast biopsy, the doctor removes a small sample of tissue from your breast to check it for cancer.
- MAMMOGRAM – In the mammogram test, X-ray pictures of your breasts are taken to help the doctor look for cancer.
- DUCTOGRAM – In this type of test, mammography and an injected contrast material are used to take pictures of the milk ducts inside your breasts.
- ULTRASOUND – In this type of test, sound waves are used to take pictures of the inside of your breasts.
Once you know the exact cause of your nipple discharge, our team of doctors at HMS Mirdif Cancer Center can plan and implement a suitable nipple discharge treatment for you. If cancer is found, treatment usually involves breast surgery and chemotherapy or radiation therapy, depending on the stage of cancer. At HMS Mirdif Hospital, we apply technological advances to transform cancer care services.
Nipple Discharge is a new symptom for you. Get it checked before it’s too late!