Paget Disease of the Breast
What is Paget disease of the breast?
Paget disease of the breast (Paget disease of the nipple) is a rare carcinoma in situ in the skin of the nipple or in the skin closely surrounding the nipple. It’s usually found with an underlying breast cancer.
About 1-4 percent of breast cancers also involve Paget disease of the breast [24-25].
Paget disease of the breast occurs more often in men than in women .
Warning signs of Paget disease of the breast
- Itching, burning, redness or scaling on the skin on the nipple or areola
- Bloody or yellowish discharge from the nipple
- A flattened nipple
If you notice any of these changes, see a health care provider.
Diagnosis of Paget disease of the breast
Paget disease of the breast is usually found when an underlying breast cancer is diagnosed. In these cases, the tumor grows from underneath the nipple and breaks out onto the skin surface of the nipple.
Paget disease of the breast can also be diagnosed from a biopsy of the nipple skin and the tissue just below the skin. This may be done with a punch biopsy or other nipple biopsy procedure.
Treatment and prognosis of Paget disease of the breast
Paget disease of the breast can be found with invasive breast cancer or ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a non-invasive breast cancer . Treatment and prognosis depend on the underlying breast cancer .
Learn about treatment for invasive breast cancer.
Learn about treatment for DCIS.
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