Nipple discharge isn't usually a sign of anything serious, but sometimes it's a good idea to get it checked just in case.
Lots of women have nipple discharge from time to time. It may just be normal for you.
It's also not unusual for babies (boys and girls) to have milky nipple discharge soon after they're born. This should stop in a few weeks.
Nipple discharge in men isn't normal.
The colour of your discharge isn't a good way of telling if it's anything serious. Normal discharge can be lots of colours.
It's probably nothing serious. But there's a small chance it could be cancer, so it's best to get checked.
The GP will look at and examine your breasts.
They may refer you to a hospital or breast clinic for further tests. These will usually show that you don't have cancer.
At the hospital or breast clinic, you may have a:
The tests are often done during the same visit.
You'll usually be told the results on the same day, although biopsy results can take longer – you should get them in a week or two.
Breast Cancer Care has more on what to expect at a breast clinic.
Nipple discharge has many possible causes.
Common causes include:
Breast Cancer Care has more on common conditions that can cause nipple discharge.
Nipple discharge by itself isn't usually a sign of breast cancer.