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The nipple may often secrete discharges in the form of a fluid that you have to squeeze out or will seep out on its own. This is a common thing during your reproductive years even if you are not pregnant or breastfeeding. Discharge is not a cause of concern, yet, it can be a sign of breast cancer.

Bloody nipple discharge is not a normal thing. Other signs that may indicate a serious problem may include nipple discharge from only one breast and discharge that occurs spontaneously without stimulation of the breast.

Nipple discharge can be white, clear, yellow, or green in colour.

So it’s worth seeing your medical expert regarding this condition.


Nipple discharge may have different colors. The color can give you some clues about the cause:

  • Milky discharge– This is the most common type of nipple discharge after a women has recently stopped breast feeding or sometimes due to premenopausal.
  • Bloody discharge– Blood discharge can be due to a non-cancerous mass called papilloma), which can irritate the tissue within the breast ducts. Rarely, bloody discharge can be due to breast cancer.
  • Clear discharge– Clear discharge from one breast can be due to breast cancer.
  • Green-tinged nipple discharge– This can be due to a cyst below the nipple or areola



Some other symptoms you might have with the nipple discharge includes breast pain or tenderness, lump or swelling in the breast around the nipple, itching, missed periods, fever, fatigue nausea, or vomiting breast size changes.

You ought to see your health expert in case you’re experiencing this kind of symptom. Whatever the cause or treatment should be given.


Your doctor may request mammography to know the cause of the breast discharge. This is a type of breast imaging that uses x-rays to detect early stages of cancer.



Breast cancer can be treated with the following:

  • Surgery
  • Radiotherapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Biological therapy

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