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Is it normal to have small, mole-like growths on your areola? Can they be removed?

By Anonymous April 15, 2009 - 2:28am
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i have mole on my nipple.no pain,but mole is sometimes itchy and blending
i checked to doc
she said its just a mole nothing else

April 19, 2011 - 7:15am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

> Paget's Disease: This is a rare form of breast cancer, and is on the
> outside of the breast, on the nipple and aureole It appeared as a rash,
> which later became a lesion with a crusty outer edge. I would not have
> ever suspected it to be breast cancer but it was. My nipple never seemed
> any different to me, but the rash bothered me, so I went to the doctor for
> that. Sometimes, it itched and was sore, but other than that it didn't
> bother me. It was just ugly and a nuisance, and could not be cleared up
> with all the creams prescribed by my doctor and dermatologist for the
> dermatitis on my eyes just prior to this outbreak. They seemed a little
> concerned but did not warn me it could be cancerous.
> Now, I suspect not many women out there know a lesion or rash on the
> nipple or aureole can be breast cancer. (Mine started out as a single red
> pimple on the aureole. One of the biggest problems with Paget's disease
> of the nipple is that the symptoms appear to be harmless. It is
> frequently thought to be a skin inflammation or infection, leading to
> unfortunate delays in detection and care.)
> What are the symptoms?
> 1. A persistent redness, oozing, and crusting of your nipple causing
> it to itch and burn (As I stated, mine did not itch or burn much, and had
> no oozing I was aware of, but it did have a crust along the outer edge on
> one side.)
> 2. A sore on your nipple that will not heal. (Mine was on the aureole
> area with a whitish thick looking area in center of nipple).
> 3 Usually only one nipple is affected. How is it diagnosed?
> Your doctor will do a physical exam and should suggest having a mammogram
> of both breasts, done immediately.. Even though the redness, oozing and
> crusting closely resemble dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), your
> doctor should suspect cancer if the sore is only on one breast. Your
> doctor should order a biopsy of your sore to confirm what is going on.
> This message should be taken seriously and passed on to as many of
> your relatives and friends as possible; it could save someone's life.
> My breast cancer has spread and metastasized to my bones after
> receiving mega doses of chemotherapy, 28 treatments of radiation and
> taking Tamaxofin If this had been diagnosed as breast cancer in the
> beginning, perhaps it would not have spread....

February 16, 2012 - 9:06am
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It sounds like you are talking about the little 'bumps' on the areola called Montgomery glands. They produce oil that lubricates the nipple/areola complex. Everyone has these. They may look like moles especially if you ever happen to have a hair grow in the nipple area.If you get hairs here, you can pluck them safely. I have been doing this for years.
Are you young and not yet familiar with your body? If you are still developing, you will notice little changes happening all the time. If you are older and this is something new, then do as susanc says and see your doctor.

April 15, 2009 - 2:32pm
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Hi Anon

Thank you for your question!

Moles can grow anywhere on the human body - including nipples, which are skin and just as susceptible to moles as anywhere else.

Like any other kind of mole - you need to check to make sure the moles are not growing or changing color or texture. If you have noticed any change in these areas, you will need to get them checked.

Moles can be removed and the procedure is usually fairly simple. We have a section here on mole removal you might like to read: http://www.empowher.com/community/ask/mole-removal

You won't know that the moles are 'safe' unless you get them checked and examined by a doctor - but as stated before, you need to be aware of changes in size, appearance, feel, texture etc.

Have you noticed any changes? Are these moles new?

April 15, 2009 - 11:33am
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