Written by : Dr.M.D.Mazumdar, MD
Paget's Disease of the Breast/Nipple is an uncommon type of breast cancer in which cancer cells collect in the skin of the nipples and the areola. They cause an itchy, scaly area which is frequently misdiagnosed as fungal infection or eczema, especially in men.
Paget's disease of the nipple and/or breast is named after Sir James Paget who discovered that the cells on the nipple in this condition was made of large cancerous cells.
The cancer starts in the cells of the skin of the nipple and then gradually spreads to the areola.
Paget's disease of the breast is relatively uncommon. It occurs in less than 5% of all women with breast cancers. It is frequently seen in combination with an underlying cancer of the breast ducts like Invasive Ductal Breast Cancer or Invasive Lobular Breast Cancer.
Paget's disease can occur in both men and women. But is is more often misdiagnosed in men and passed off as dermatitis or eczema.
Age at which Paget's Disease Occurs:
Paget's Disease is rare in young women under the age of 30. It is most common after the age of 60 years in both men and women. The average age at diagnosis is 62 for women and 69 for men.
Symptoms of Paget's Disease of the Nipple:
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