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hello im 42 and i have had green white and blood going out of my nipples i have had ths befor when i was 25 i have had this going on for years and i want to no if it could be cancer thy did take sum of it and i havent heard anything back
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Dear huffy695:  Women can have some type of nipple discharge or fluid when their breasts are squeezed, and its normal. Squeezing the nipple sends message to the brain and the pituitary gland responds by increasing prolactin levels, which in turn produces discharge from the nipple.  The discharge can come in a variety of colors - gray, green and brown as well as white.  Some women are more prone to more discharge including women on; birth control pills, certain blood pressure medications or on major tranquilizers.  These medications increase prolactin levels in the body.   There is also certain life periods when a person is more likely to get discharge than others: there may be more discharge at puberty and at menopause than the years in-between.

The time to be concerned about nipple discharge is when it’s spontaneous (comes out by itself without squeezing), keeps on happening, and is only on one side.  If it is clear and sticky, like an egg white, or bloody.  In these cases, further investigation may be recommended.  As your doctor has sampled the fluid, you may want to follow up to find out if anything could be determined from this test.  
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