Paget's disease of the breast is a type of cancer that outwardly may have the appearance of eczemawith skin changes involving the nipple of the breast. The condition is an uncommon disease accounting for 1 to 4. The condition in itself often appears innocuous, limited to a surface appearance and it is sometimes dismissed, although actually indicative of underlying breast cancer.
It can also appear as a small ulcer or dry, red, flaky patches of skin similar to psoriasis. If you're experiencing itchiness, burning or bleeding but the nipple looks normal and isn't red, dry or scaly — this is extremely unlikely to be Paget's disease but should still be checked by a doctor. The majority of people with a lump will have invasive breast cancer, although this does not necessarily mean it has spread.
Scans such as ultrasound or a mammogram are recommended to check for any lumps that cannot be detected during the physical examination of the breast. A small sample of skin from the affected area biopsy will be taken and sent for analysis in order to diagnose this cancer. It produces eczema-like symptomsappearing as an itchy, red rash on the nipple that can extend to the darker area of surrounding skin the areola.
About half of the people diagnosed with Paget's disease have a lump behind the nipple. Invasive breast cancer can also be present in some people with Paget's disease who have no lump. This means that there are cancer cells in the biopsy but they are completely contained within the lining of the breast ducts.
Back to Health A to Z. It causes eczema-like changes to the skin of the nipple and the area of darker skin surrounding the nipple areola. Paget's disease of the nipple always starts in the nipple and may extend to the areola.
If you're struggling to find what you need, call our Support line on 7 days a week, 8am-8pm. The first sign of the condition is a rash on the nipple and the skin around it areola. The area may be sore or crusty, and it may bleed or leak fluid.
Symptoms differ from those of other types of breast cancer. One common theory is that cells from a tumor migrate through the milk ducts to reach the nipple and areola. For many types of breast cancer, the first symptom is a lump in the breast. Learn what a breast cancer lump feels like.
NORD gratefully acknowledges V. Paget's disease of the breast is a rare form of breast cancer that almost exclusively occurs in women. However, rare cases have been reported in men.
Paget's disease of the nipple is a rare form of breast cancer in which cancer cells collect in or around the nipple. The cancer usually affects the ducts of the nipple first small milk-carrying tubesthen spreads to the nipple surface and the areola the dark circle of skin around the nipple. The nipple and areola often become scaly, red, itchy, and irritated.