Paget disease of the breast (Paget disease of the nipple) is a rare cancer in the skin of the nipple or in the skin closely surrounding the nipple.
About 1-3 percent of breast cancers are Paget disease of the breast .
Warning signs include (see images) [23,38]:
If you notice any of these changes, see a health care provider.
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 depend on the underlying breast cancer .
Paget disease of the breast can be found with invasive breast cancer or ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a non-invasive breast cancer .
Learn about treatment for invasive breast cancer.
Learn about treatment for DCIS.
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