Dr. Harness discusses the warning signs of invasive ductal breast cancer.
Dr. Harness, M.D.:
The typical warning sign of an invasive ductile cancer is a lump in the breast. Women worry about nipple discharge as being a warning sign of a breast cancer. Again, greater than 96 percent or higher of patients with breast cancer actually don’t have a nipple discharge, a bloody nipple charge. When we think of abnormal bleeding, we always say that’s a warning sign for cancer. Typically on the breast, a bloody nipple discharge is from a benign process, not from a cancer.
However, if a woman is having a spontaneous nipple discharge that is either bloody or clear, then she really needs to have that worked up diagnostically to make sure there isn’t a cancer there.
About Dr. Harness, M.D.:
Dr. Jay Harness, M.D., is the Director at St. Joseph Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center. Practicing medicine for 35 years, Dr. Harness specializes in general surgery and medical oncology. Graduating medical school from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he conducting his internship and residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Recognized nationally and internationally for his work in breast and endocrine surgery, Dr. Harness is the immediate past-President of The American Society of Breast Surgeons and is President-elect of Breast Surgery International. Dr. Harness can assist patients in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.