When to see a doctor

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Nipple discharge is rarely a sign of breast cancer. But it might be a sign of a condition that needs treatment.

If you still have menstrual periods and your nipple discharge doesn't clear up on its own after your next menstrual cycle, make an appointment with your healthcare professional.

If you're past menopause and you have nipple discharge that happens on its own, is clear or bloody and from a single duct in one breast only, see your healthcare professional right away.

In the meantime, don't massage your nipples or handle your breasts, even to check for discharge. Handling your nipples or friction from clothing can cause ongoing discharge.

Jan. 20, 2024