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Breast Cancer

Inverted nipple

08/16/2007

Question:

My right breast suddenly has an inverted nipple. When I stand up and bend over it will usually come out. Should I be concerned? I`m getting a mamogram in 5 days. Should I see a doctor before I get the mamogram?

Answer:

An inverted nipple can be the sign of cancer but there is a benign (non-cancerous) version.  It is a good sign that your nipple everts (or comes back out) when you lean over.  If the inversion was due to cancer, this probably would not happen.

You still need to see your doctor.  You need a doctor's exam and possibly an ultrasound of the area to determine for certain the cause of the inversion.

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Response by:

Jean T Stevenson, MD, FACS Jean T Stevenson, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University