Some problems are related to lactation. Others are not. This normal process of dilation of the milk gland is called ectasia.
Breast cancer is a malignant disease that occurs when there is an uncontrollable growth of cells in the breast. The exact causes for the development of the disease are not fully understood, but it is known that the disease is always related to inherited or acquired DNA mutations. Also, there are numerous risk factors that impact the probability of suffering from breast cancer, a disease that remains the second most common type of cancer among American women.
NORD gratefully acknowledges V. Paget's disease of the breast is a rare form of breast cancer that almost exclusively occurs in women. However, rare cases have been reported in men.
The male breast is much smaller than its female counterpart, and it cannot produce milk. Because of this smaller size and simpler structure, breast disease is much less common in men than women. Still, men can develop important breast problems, both benign and malignant.
Nipple discharge is a common complaint in women who are not pregnant or breastfeeding, especially during the reproductive years. Nipple discharge is not necessarily abnormal, even among postmenopausal women, although it is always abnormal in men. Spontaneous unilateral nipple discharge, regardless of color, is considered abnormal.
Nipple discharge ND can be the earliest presenting symptom of breast cancer. We hereby present two cases of breast cancer with no palpable mass manifesting as isolated ND, which was whitish in color. In both cases, cytology of the discharge revealed highly pleomorphic cells indicating a high grade malignancy.
Fluid that leaks from one or both nipples is called a nipple discharge. Each breast has several 15 to 20 milk ducts. A discharge can come from one or more of these ducts.
Nipple discharge is a normal part of breast function during pregnancy or breast-feeding. It also may be associated with menstrual hormone changes and fibrocystic changes. The milky discharge after breast-feeding will normally affect both breasts and can continue for up to two or three years after stopping nursing. A papilloma is a noncancerous benign tumor that can be associated with bloody discharge.
It is possible to express a bit a fluid from the nipples of most women regardless of age. The fluid is usually milky, green, or brown. This is normal and not a sign of cancer.
The rashes listed above are not associated specifically with the breasts—they can appear virtually anywhere on the body, including the breasts. Viral conditions such as measleschickenpox or shingles could also produce rashes in the breast area. As with the conditions listed above, they are not due to a specific disorder of the breasts. They can, however, have serious health consequences and should be examined and treated as soon as possible.