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12 Jun 2019 15:31

Scared!    I’ve had one papilloma excised last August (benign) Now I’m told I have another two and awaiting surgery again. Would like to hear from persons who are experiencing the same and there treatments and options.

I am 58 and going through menopause, will they keep re-occurring ? The first papilloma was taken out by cutting around my areole, and after taking off the dressing found my nipple to be completely inverted as a result of the op. Scared of them operating again around this area. Have I any other options?  Would love to hear from people’s experiences of these little blighters


14 Jun 2019 14:19 in response to supersonic

Hello Supersonic, 

Welcome to the forum and I'm sorry to hear that you're dealing with this issue. 

I've had a look through the forum and can see that  @alexis172 ‍ is also awaiting tests for a possible papilloma along with @Becky27 ‍ . As I've now tagged them into this post they may pop along to say hello and share their stories with you. 

I've also asked our team of nurses if one of them could reply to you and explain a little more about papilloma and the treatment. Alternatively you could give them a call on 0808 800 4040 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm). 

Best wishes, 
Cancer Chat moderator


14 Jun 2019 14:57 in response to supersonic

Hello supersonic,

The Cancer Chat moderators have asked us (the nurse team) to reply to your post, I hope you don't mind.

Papillomas of the breast, as you know, are benign (non cancerous) growths that often appear near the nipple. From what I understand they can recur (come back) and sometimes more than one can be found at the same time. Although they are not cancer in a small number of growths atypical (abnormal ) cells can be found. This is still not cancer but might be considered a risk for developing into one that is why removal of the growth is done. As far as I know that is the only treatment option.

In most cases women (and the few men) who develop breast papillomas  have a non cancerous condition and will not develop breast cancer because of them. Once you have had your surgery, you will know more about your situation. Until then you might find reading about them on our website helpful here  and from another charity called Breast Cancer Care here. 

I hope this has helped and that you get some replies to your post.

Take care,



14 Jun 2019 22:40 in response to CRUK Nurse Caroline

Thankyou Caroline for your reply

I am anxious once again for further surgery, in the knowledge that even more can keep occurring ,  But happy that 9 times out of 10 they are benign.  Just wondering how long this will continue and is it liable to stop after menopause? 


14 Jun 2019 22:42 in response to Moderator Jenn

Thankyou Jenn for your kind reply and tagging me in with  fellow sufferers 


17 Jun 2019 11:08 in response to supersonic

Hello and thanks for posting again on the forum,

I am sorry to hear that you are having treatment for papillomas.  The treatment of choice is surgery. As the information on our website says papillomas are most common in women over the age of 40 and usually occur as the breast ages and changes. Have a look at the information again here

I would talk through your concerns with the surgeon treating you.  They will have had experience of treating other women in a similar situation. You can let them know that you are worried having more surgery.

Please do give us a ring if you want to talk this through.  You may find it helpful to talk things through with one of the nurses on our helpline.  The number to call is Freephone 0808 800 4040 and the lines are open from 9am till 5pm Monday to Friday.

Best Wishes,