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Pagets disease of the breast: Underlying ductal breast cancer

Pagets disease of the breast

Pagets disease of the breast. Paget’s (PAJ-its) disease of the breast is a rare form of breast cancer.

Paget’s (PAJ-its) disease of the breast is a rare form of breast cancer. Normally, Pagets disease of the breast starts on the nipple and extends to the dark circle of skin (areola) around the nipple. Even as we discus about this disease, it is important to understand that, there is no relationship between the Paget’s disease of the breast and the Paget’s disease of the bone, a metabolic bone disease. This disease is more common with aging women of age 50. Majority of the patients struggling with Paget’s disease of the breast have underlying ductal breast cancer, either in situ meaning in its original place or, less commonly, invasive breast cancer. Only in rare cases is Paget’s disease of the breast confined to the nipple itself.

Pagets disease of the breast: Symptoms

Paget’s disease of the breast is known to affects the nipple and the skin (areola) surrounding the nipple. Because of the similarities of the symptoms, it’s always easy to mistake the signs and symptoms of Paget’s disease of the breast for skin irritation (dermatitis) or another noncancerous (benign) skin condition. The following are some of the signs and symptoms of Paget’s disease of the breast:

  • Thickening skin on the breast
  • Straw-colored or bloody nipple discharge
  • Redness
  • Peeling or rough skin on the nipple
  • Itching
  • Crusty, discharge or hardened skin resembling eczema on the nipple, areola or both
  • A stinging or burning sensation
  • A lump in the breast
  • A flattened or turned-in (inverted) nipple

The signs and symptoms are usually characterized with just a single breast. As already mention, the disease begins from the nipple and may spread to the areola and other areas of the breast. The skin changes may come and go early on, or respond to topical treatment, making it appear as if your skin is healing. On average, women experience signs and symptoms for several months before getting a diagnosis. Everyone has a duty of being observant about the changes that takes place in the body. in the event that you notice some irritating changes on your breast, like for instance if you experience itching or skin irritation that persists for more than a month, it could be a communication of the formation of this disease. At that very moment, you must act immediately by scheduling an appointment with your doctor.

But for those patient already on treatment for a skin injury on the breast, if the condition doesn’t improves over time, you will need to make a follow-up appointment with your doctor for further professional direction. And depending on the doctor’s examination, a biopsy which is a procedure where a small tissue sample for a microscopic analysis to evaluate the affected area may be recommended.

Pagets disease of the breast: Causes

Finally, the causes of this disease is not very clear scientifically. Nonetheless, the most widely accepted theory is that the disease results from an underlying ductal breast cancer. The cancer cells starts from the original tumor then spread through milk ducts to the nipple and the surrounding skin. And besides that theory is that the disease can develop independently in the nipple.

Pagets disease of the breast: Underlying ductal breast cancer

 

 

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