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My friend found a white spot

12/14/2007

Question:

I have a friend who found a milky white spot in the center her nipple. It looks just like a small white pimple. The thing is is that she has a spot just like that on her forehead. It`s just like a pimple but a little harder. Anyway, she is so scared that it might be a sign of breast cancer. What is it and is it a sign of breast cancer? My friend is 34 years old.

Answer:

This is unlikely to be a problem.  It is most likely a sebaceous cyst which is a benign mass of the skin.  These cysts do not become cancer but they can get infected just like a pimple.  If your friend remains concerned, she should see her doctor.

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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