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QUESTION: Hello,

I am a 21 year old male with a supernumerary nipple. I have just read some newer studies suggesting that there is a good link between these accessory nipples and cancer concerning the urinary tract and testicles. Possibly other issues with those organs too.

Example:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/23374946/

http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=699117

Anyways, now I am worried. I have also had several VCUGs and xrays when I was younger. I feel like now I am basically waiting to get some sort of cancer.

Suppose these links are veritible. Would having the nipple removed slash the increased risk or is it something that is established from when it is formed during before birth?

Thanks for your time Dr. Nordquist.

Jesse

ANSWER: Yes there are some indications that there is some connection of that kind. But the risk increase is not big. If it had been big the connection would have been picked up much earlier and much more easily! I do not think any removal would change anything. Good luck!


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QUESTION: Thank you for your enthusiam Dr. Nordquist.

I forgot to mention that I've also had ureter issues (duplicated and reflux issues) which is what the VCUGs were for, and also a varicocele. The medical journals I found also mention that urological anomalies are linked to supernumeraries, (i saw no mention of varicoceles though) so I found that a little alarming if that means anything?

Anyways, I just worry about my risks given my history with fluoroscopy in the 90s and then this third nipple thing, not to mention being conceived near the three mile island site, albeit roughly 10 to 11 years after it. Agh! I guess that probably doesn't mean much though.

Thanks for the help!

Jesse

ANSWER: These other anatomical anomalies most probably do not increase your risks. The x-ray exposure is of course a risk factor but almost only on a theoretical level. A third or so of us will get a cancer during our life spans and 50% or so of those will die from it. With those numbers a risk increase of 1 to 2% or so is not significant. Three Mile Island is DEFINITELY not significant with regards to this matter! Good luck!


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QUESTION: Thanks. One more thing and then I'll let you go and give you a really good rating.

http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=699117

Here it says, the very last paragraph i believe, that the "relative risk of testicular cancer associated with polythelia is 31.8%"

Does that meant mean that 32% of people with supernumeraries will get TC? That seems excessive!?

Jesse

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Unfortunately I can not - for some reason - make the link you have sent work. Instead of the link can you please send me a copy of the whole text and I will check it out. If you put the copy within quotation marks you are not breaking any copyright laws.

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