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The breast is a gland. For this reason, there may be discharge from the nipple from time to time. Most of the time it is not important, but in rare cases it can be a sign of cancer. Therefore, such situations must be evaluated by a specialist physician.
A milky or green discharge from both breasts can also occur in normal cases when massaged or squeezed. The likelihood of discharge from the nipple increases with age. Women who have given birth more often have more nipple discharge.
In cystic breast structure, a gray-green discharge may come from more than one duct with squeezing. Milky or green discharge from multiple ducts in both breasts or one breast is considered benign. In these cases, if the doctor finds normal findings on examination, depending on the age of the patient (under 35-40 years), only ultrasonography is performed, and if the result is normal, the patient is followed up. The patient is advised not to squeeze the nipple.
Spontaneous bloody or transparent discharge from a single breast and a single duct are nipple discharge, the cause of which requires further investigation. In this type of nipple discharge, it is absolutely necessary to consult a physician.
If the patient is over 35 years of age, mammography is performed in addition to ultrasonography. Depending on the examination findings, the physician may also evaluate imaging tests such as mammography and ultrasonography. If necessary, additional imaging methods such as magnetic resonance imaging and ductography are used. In such nipple discharges, intraductal papilloma, a benign lesion that increases the risk of breast cancer, can be detected in two thirds, and cancer can be detected in the second place with a rate of 9-20 percent.