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.
Paget disease of the breast also known as Paget disease of the nipple and mammary Paget disease is a rare type of cancer involving the skin of the nipple and, usually, the darker circle of skin around it, which is called the areola. Most people with Paget disease of the breast also have one or more tumors inside the same breast. These breast tumors are either ductal carcinoma in situ or invasive breast cancer 1 — 3.
Paget disease of the nipple is a rare type of breast cancer involving the skin of the nipple. Paget disease starts in the breast ducts and spreads to the skin of the nipple and then to the areola, the dark circle around the nipple. Paget disease usually affects only one nipple.
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.
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.
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.
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 breast is a rare type of cancer of the nipple—areola complex and that is often associated with an underlying in situ or invasive carcinoma. This article provides an overview and we review the main clinicopathological and therapeutic features of mammary Paget's disease. Paget's disease of the breast has been recognized as a distinct clinical entity for over years.