After an episode of bloody discharge that lasted two days and then stopped, I went in to my gyn. The discharge was only when expressed, not spontaneous. However, I was told that regardless of how it happened, further evaluation is necessary because bleeding from the nipple is not normal. I was sent for a diagnostic mammo and u/s. The mammo was normal, and on the u/s the radiologist said he saw several ducts with fluid in them and a cluster of 'cysts' behind my nipple on that breast. What he did not tell me (and I later found out from my gyn's office is that he recommended I see someone about a spot of discoloration on that nipple. I know that it is there, and has not always been. It does not hurt, bleed, and anything like that. However, it looks kind of like a mole, but feels a little rough, and is not round. I am scheduled for a consult with a breast surgeon on Tuesday, and I have a strong family history of breast cancer (my mother at the age of 52, and my sister at the age of 37). My question though is this, aren't cysts supposed to be tender or painful or something? When I feel the area I can't even tell anything is there. No pain, tenderness or anything. Is is possible it is more serious and is difficult for them to see, because the radiologist told me himself that it is hard for them to see behind the nipple? Has anyone had this happen and then found out it was cancer? I am not afraid, I will face whatever is in my future. And I am sure that they are going to do an MRI. I was just wondering about the 'cyst' thing, because from what I understand from my sister and friends and so forth, I should feel at least something when I push on that area, a little pain or discomfort or something. Any help would be appreciated.
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