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Debbie asked...

I've noticed a change in my nipple.

I had a mammogram on the 24th November and at the same time my left nipple seemed to have changed and wasn't as prominent as the right one.

I have been examined by my GP who wants to monitor it for 3 months as she couldn't feel any lumps and the mamogram came back clear. I feel uneasy about just leaving it and wondered if there could be any other explanation for the change in one nipple?

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The answer

It is not uncommon to have different sized nipples and breasts in men and women. However, I understand that you noticed a reduction in the size of your left nipple only after the mammogram. This change sometimes cannot be attributed to any obvious reasons or health concern. Our body changes continuously because of age, hormonal level and other factors.

As part your own breast awareness, you know what is normal for you, but you should look out for discharge from the nipple, any red area on your nipple that does not heal easily, any change in the nipple position, such as your nipple being pulled in or pointing differently, or a rash on or around your nipple.

A health care professional can decide to monitor a change in the size of the nipple, based on previous past medical history, latest investigations results and no other symptoms present.

I suggest you discuss this with your GP and he/she can advise on whether you need to be referred to a breast clinic for further specialist review.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.


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