Breast Cancer, Symptoms, Causes, Risk Factors, Stages and Treatment

3Nipple Discharge

An affected person may observe a milky discharge from the nipple, which may be thin or thick. It may range from clear to milky to yellow in colour – and sometimes red (bloody). A milky discharge from the nipples is normal for people who are breastfeeding but it is advisable to see a doctor about any other discharge from the nipples.

Although most of the discharge from the nipple is non-cancerous, in some cases it can mean breast cancer. Certain possible reasons for the discharge from the nipples include:

  • Side effects of birth control pills
  • Side effects of taking other medicines
  • Changes in the physiology of the body, such as thyroid disease
  • Breast infections
  • Dimpling

Skin dimpling can be a sign of inflammatory breast tumor, an aggressive type of breast cancer. Cancerous cells in the breast can cause a buildup of lymph fluid that leads to redness and inflammation, as well as dimpling or pitting skin. Anyone who notices skin dimpling need to talk to a doctor.

Doctors call this change “peau d’orange,” because the dimpled skin resembles an orange surface.