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Could A Tiny Spot On The Nipple Be An Indication Of Cancer?

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Posted on Mon, 9 May 2022
Question: I am 48 years of age and female. I noticed a tiny red spot on my nipple which hurts a bit. I do quite a lot of running but always have done. I have just found out that I am in menopause. I saw the doctor who said he wasn’t worried but has referred me anyway. I am very worried about this. Could it be cancer?


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I think it will be difficult to upload a photo as it is such a tiny red it. It isn’t coming out well on the photo from my phone. It has been there for a couple of days and it stings.

Is cancer a possibility?
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Answered by Dr. Dr. Kakkar (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Kindly upload images

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

Perhaps it is an inflamed gland. How long since you have it?
I request you to kindly upload a few images of the affected area in " reports section " so that I am able to have a look and guide you accordingly.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if you need any more assistance.


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Brief Answer:
Use a topical antibiotic

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

Most likely it is an inflamed areolar gland. I suggest you to use an OTC topical antibacterial e.g. Neosporin ointment, twice daily. I don't think it is a cancer

Take care. Let me know if you need any more assistance.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Remy Koshy
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Kakkar (41 minutes later)
Why would it become inflamed? Is it to do with menopause? Why do you not think it could be a cancer?
Did you see my last question? Is it related to menopause? Why do you not think it is cancer?
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Answered by Dr. Dr. Kakkar (24 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Regarding a spot on nipple

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

A short history/ acute onset (a couple of days) goes against cancer. Moreover, the symptoms of pain and stinging are suggestive of a skin infection. Perhaps it got inflamed due to friction from clothing. It is not related to menopause.

Take care. Let me know if you need any more assistance.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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Could A Tiny Spot On The Nipple Be An Indication Of Cancer?

Brief Answer: Kindly upload images Detailed Answer: Hello, Perhaps it is an inflamed gland. How long since you have it? I request you to kindly upload a few images of the affected area in " reports section " so that I am able to have a look and guide you accordingly. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if you need any more assistance. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Brief Answer: Use a topical antibiotic Detailed Answer: Hi, Most likely it is an inflamed areolar gland. I suggest you to use an OTC topical antibacterial e.g. Neosporin ointment, twice daily. I don't think it is a cancer Take care. Let me know if you need any more assistance.