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Breast Abnormalities and Other Symptoms
General questions about breast health and possible symptoms.
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12/21/2017The pumps on the area around my nibble on my right breast have turned very dark. Should I call my doctor about this? Do you think it is a sign of cancer stated? I'm a little nervous about this. I'm 69 and ere isn't any breast cancer in my family.

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12/21/2017The bumps are called Montgomery glands and are a normal part of the nipple and areola. Sometimes they can get irritated, maybe by a too-tight bra, very dry skin or exercise where the nipples are rubbing against clothing. Unless they are red, inflamed or painful, it is most likely ok. Very unlikely that it is a sign of cancer. Hopefully, you are performing monthly breast self-exams, getting yearly mammograms and clinical breast exams by your doctor. If you are very worried, have your doctor take a look.

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