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Jul 12, 2012 12:33PM
Hi, reneeda - and welcome to the forum!
Last September, I suddenly had a tiny bloody discharge from my left nipple. It was dark brownish red and watery. I saw my PCP the next day, and he got me in to see the breast surgeon two days later.
Since I never breastfed (and I was 61), I knew it couldn't be related to that. The breast surgeon examined me, and said it was probably a papilloma - a benign growth in the duct that is very common.
However, since it would have to be removed (or get worse) she referred me for further studies.
After seven different procedures, they did find a small amount of non-invasive cancer and a tiny bit of invasive cancer. Both the surgeon and the radiologist were VERY surprised. They both expected it to be a papilloma, since the majority of causes of nipple discharge are benign.
Does your nipple discharge point to breast cancer? No. There are too many other possible causes to rule out first.
Be glad you're getting the mammo and the ultrasound. Those are the first steps in identifying the problem. And stop squeezing the nipple!!! You could be making things more irritated, and there may come a point where the radiologist may want to express some discharge and could have trouble doing so.
Wishing you the best on July 30th!
9/15/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
12/04/2011 Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my left breast, Mastectomy of my right breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my left side
; Reconstruction of my left breast: Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction of my right breast: Tissue expander placement
08/21/2012 Reconstruction of my left breast; Reconstruction of my right breast
09/04/2012 Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor)
10/21/2013 Femara (chemical name: letrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor)