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Is a burning sensation in the nipple indicative of breast cancer?

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Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel

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Posted on Wed, 24 Apr 2019 in Lump
Question: I have a sore burning sensation in my right nipple. It has been there since I woke up this morning at 4am and is aggravated when I touch or rub it. Should I be concerned about breast cancer? What could this be?
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Answered by Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel 21 minutes later
Brief Answer:

Possible inflammation at nipple skin level, not cancer.

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

* Sudden burning sensation in nipple usually indicate some sort of inflammatory reaction at the nipple skin level and it is not the sign of breast cancer as such.

Kindly provide me further details so that I can guide you further.

1. Is there any change in size, the shape of the nipple in recent past.
2. Any abnormal liquid or blood discharge from the right nipple.
3. Any changes in the right breast.
4. History of wearing new or tight bra recently.
5. Family history of breast cancer in first degree relatives.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Bhagyesh V. Patel, General Surgeon
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Follow up: Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel 24 minutes later
Thank you for taking the time to answer me!
1. no
2.no
3. no
4. no
5. my aunt had breast cancer (not sure if that is a first degree relative)

Just a little bit of more background about me. I got a mammogram and even a breast MRI last fall which were both normal.
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Answered by Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel 9 minutes later
Brief Answer:

Follow up.

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

* As per the details, there is absolutely no threat of cancer from any angle.
* Primary suggestions at present

- Ice application 2 times a day.
- Tab. ibuprofen ( 400 mg ) morning and evening after meals if no history of drug sensitivity.
- Avoid tight undergarments at present.

* Follow up after 24 hours or early as per the requirement.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Bhagyesh V. Patel, General Surgeon
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