Paget's Disease of the Nipple

Key Facts

Important points to remember regarding Paget's disease of the nipple include the following:
 
  • Paget's disease of the nipple is an uncommon type of cancer that forms in or around the nipple.
     
  • The disease is almost always associated with an underlying breast cancer.
     
  • Scientists do not know exactly what causes Paget's disease of the nipple, but two major theories have been suggested for how it develops.
     
  • Symptoms of early-stage Paget's disease of the nipple may include redness or crusting of the nipple skin; advanced symptoms often include tingling, itching, increased sensitivity, burning, or pain in the nipple.
     
  • Paget's disease of the nipple is diagnosed by performing a biopsy.
     
  • Surgery is the usual treatment for the disease. Additional treatments may be recommended under certain circumstances.
     
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