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i'v been experiencing a slight discharge from one breast ( the right) for some years now. it is colorless, odorless and clear in colour.

By Anonymous September 21, 2010 - 1:55am
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when it started, i ran some hormonal tests as directed by my physician and my hormones showed no imbalance. He then recommended a mamogram but i never took it cos i was scared. the discharge still occurs when the breast is pressed and my right breast is the bigger of my two breasts

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Anon - As Alison has said, there is no way around this. You really do need to get the mammogram that your doctor has advised you to have. This is basically like having an x-ray of your breasts. Have you ever had an x-ray done? The test enables the doctors to see inside the tissues and know more about what is going on in your body.

We have a page about mammography which explains the procedure. There is a bit of pressure when these are done, but it's typically not painful. You can learn more here: http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/mammography

Are you scared because you're worried that they could find cancer? If so, then please know that breast cancer is very treatable. The earlier it is found, the better and it's important that you be seen right away. I know this as a 23-year breast cancer survivor, and as a friend of many other survivors. http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/SurvivorshipDuringandAfterTreatment/StoriesofHope/knowledge-is-key-says-breast-cancer-survivor

Please let us know what you're thinking and what you plan to do. It really, really is important for you to follow up and address this. It may very well turn out to be a minor condition, as Alison said, but you won't know until you take the steps to find out. We look forward to hearing back from you soon.


September 21, 2010 - 6:23pm

Why are you scared about getting a mammogram? Is it possible scary results, or the procedure itself?

It is important to follow your doctor's advice, and get a mammogram. Discharge from your nipple is an indicator of something that needs medical attention, regardless of the odor, color, consistency. There is just no way around this one, and please know that the symptoms could indicate a condition that has an "easy" fix! The important thing is: whatever the cause to your nipple discharge, the sooner you get it checked out, the sooner you will be able to begin treatment (and the sooner the treatment, the easier it is!).

Do you have any questions about the mammogram procedure? How old are you?

September 21, 2010 - 12:36pm
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