Breast cancer

12 December 2001

Nipple discharge

Nipple discharge is worrying as it may be associated with cancer. The majority of people with a nipple discharge do not have cancer especially if they are young, the discharge is not bloody or if it comes from more than one duct.

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Nipple discharge is worrying as it may be associated with cancer. The majority of people with a nipple discharge do not have cancer especially if they are young, the discharge is not bloody or if it comes from more than one duct.

The breast is made up of several lobes. Each lobe has a duct that drains it. The ducts go towards the nipple. There are 5-10 major ducts that surface on the nipple. The discharge may be from one or more than one.

 

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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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