Breast cancer

02 March 2007

Nipple inversion

It can be normal to have inverted nipples, but it is not normal to have a change in the shape or the form of the nipple.

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As with all other changes in the breast, cancer must always be excluded as the cause when nipples become inverted.

It can be normal to have inverted nipples and one or both of them may be inverted. It is abnormal to have a change in the shape or form of the nipple.

Any inflammatory condition of the breast can cause nipple inversion. Non-cancerous causes are:

  • Duct ectasia
  • Infection
  • Abscess
 

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Dr Gudgeon qualified in Birmingham, England, in 1968. She has more than 40 years experience in oncology, and in 1994 she founded her practice, Cape Breast Care, where she treats benign and malignant breast cancers. Dr Boeddinghaus obtained her qualification at UCT Medical School in 1994 and her MRCP in London in 1998. She has worked extensively in the field of oncology and has a special interest in the hormonal management of breast cancer. She now works with Dr Gudgeon at Cape Breast Care. Read more.

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