Paget's disease is a slowly growing cancer of the milk ducts that has spread to the skin of the nipple. It is a rare form of breast cancer.
When abnormal cells grow uncontrollably, they are called tumors. It is not known why this happens. In Paget's disease, the tumor starts in the milk ducts of the nipple.
The symptoms are:
Usually only 1 nipple is affected. Sometimes no changes in the skin can be seen. You may also have a lump in your breast, which you may or may not be able to feel.
One of the biggest problems with Paget's disease of the nipple is that its symptoms seem harmless. It is often thought to be a skin inflammation or infection, which can delay its diagnosis and treatment.
Your healthcare provider will examine you and ask about your symptoms. Also:
If the cancer is only in the nipple and not in any other part of the breast, your healthcare provider may recommend:
If a mass is found deep in your breast, your provider will discuss other treatment choices, including:
Without treatment, the cancerous sore will remain on your nipple and may spread deeper into your breast. Your healthcare provider will advise you about the best treatment for your disease.
Check monthly for any lumps, sores, or oozing from your breasts and report any breast changes to your healthcare provider right away.